Please petition against book theft

Doesn't an "open library" sound like a good thing? Not if it's the project by the Internet Archive to scan all the books they can get their hands on and put them online.

In an attempt to get around the authors' copyright calls this "controlled digital lending" - but people who view the books get to keep a copy forever, and not buy one.

The US National Writers Union has co-ordinated 37 creators' organisations (and counting) to sign up to the appeal at and you can see the gory detail there. And there's a petition against this shady practice at! - please sign it.