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