Friday, July 09, 2004

"Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty." -Henry David Thoreau
Yesterday (July 8), Eric Eldred took his Internet Bookmobile to Walden Pond, where they were celebrating the 150th anniversary of H.D. Thoreau's Book "Walden". Mr. Eldred thought it would be nifty to print up free copies of the book for the people there (in the process showing them the power of print-on-demand technology). But after an hour or so of giving away the free books, he was asked to leave by the Walden Pond Reservation police. Why? Because he needed a permit to hand out free literature. Would they issue him a permit? No! Why? Because the state park sells copies of the book for $15 and they want the money. Nothing says "screw the public domain" like the barrel of a gun.


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