Lots of good input on my question from yesterday. I really appreciate it.
Let’s use coloring books as an example, because they’re close to what we’re looking at, although some will be more workbook style, or crosswords, or word searches or whatever. Ideally, we’d produce locked pdf files, where people can’t change anything in the file. We’d want our customer to be able to download it and print it from their computer. Also, we have no problem with a customer printing multiple copies for their own children, or for their Primary class. What we don’t want is for the Stake Primary president to buy it, then print copies for every teacher in every ward in the stake. We also don’t want individuals to buy one copy, then e-mail it to all their siblings, aunts, cousins, neighbors, etc.
Now. My personal belief is that if people want to cheat and want to “steal” copies, they’re going to find some way to do it. Even if they buy a printed book, they can always take it down to Kinko’s and print a million copies on the self-serve machines and no one is the wiser. Also, I believe that most people are honest and when you explain about copyright and what is and isn’t allowed, they will follow that. Especially if they’re LDS.
But, one of our authors is refusing to let us do it unless we can somehow make sure that their book can’t be easily stolen. They feel that because it’s so much easier to e-mail a file than it is to physically photocopy it, that they’ll lose control over their product which they’ve worked very hard to create.
Comments? Ideas? Suggestions? Thoughts? Feelings?