[Paleopsych] NYT: Every New Yorker Issue (Some Swapping Required)

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Every New Yorker Issue (Some Swapping Required)

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    When Peter Vermelen, an avid reader of The New Yorker, got word
    last year that the magazine's entire archive would be available on
    DVD in September, he ordered a copy. When he was thwarted in his
    efforts to copy the multidisc anthology onto his hard drive - so he
    could read and search the content from there rather than using the
    discs - he became angry and started writing about his frustration
    on Hooptyrides, a blog he maintains under the nom de plume Mister

    "I looked forward to having 'The Complete New Yorker' on my laptop.
    Airplane trips would never be the same," he wrote last month. In
    response, other online posts, including one on the widely read
    BoingBoing.net, weighed in with tips on how to override the digital
    rights management software that seemed to prevent copying from the
    eight DVD's.

    The essence of the complaint was that switching among the discs to
    conduct thematic searches was "really onerous," Mr. Vermelen said.
    "If you want to read the magazine in order, there's no problem. But
    if you want to search by Thurber or Capote or Chinatown or
    Halloween or some broad topic, it's spread over eight discs."

    Edward Klaris, The New Yorker's general counsel and project
    director of "The Complete New Yorker," shrugged off concerns that
    disc-switching posed a burden, saying that each disc contained 500
    issues, an ample store of articles.

    "The people who are complaining are the exception to the rule," Mr.
    Klaris said, noting that the bloggers weighing in on the topic tend
    to be supporters of open-source technologies.

    That bloggers are counseling each other on how to circumvent
    software restrictions is "an inevitable result in this day and age
    and not particularly of concern." He would not say whether the
    magazine would take legal action against anyone who has made a copy
    of the anthology.

    Mr. Klaris also dismissed a subsequent grievance, which has
    elicited fiery online debate among Mr. Vermelen and others, that
    the software used to read the DVD's could mine data about what
    specific articles users were reading to sell to advertisers. Mr.
    Vermelen inferred that a data collection enterprise might be under
    way, because of a clause in the anthology's user agreement.

    Mr. Klaris said the clause's inclusion was inadvertent. He said
    that the magazine had no intention of accessing that information,
    and that user agreements in future releases of the DVD set would
    not include that provision. SARA IVRY

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