Over the last couple of years, book piracy has gone from a furtive, limited activity to something approaching a political movement.
If you're not familiar with what's been going on in the world of online book sharing, or how it relates to the larger free culture movement, there are two recent interviews with Prof. Gabriella Coleman of New York University worth listening to:
In the Radio Berkman interview, listen especially for the section starting at 4:40:
"Digital piracy online has produced a commons. I mean let's talk about book piracy today. It is unbelievable, the amount of books being shared, combined with, in the case of aaaarg, discussion. There's actually a community. But it's illegal, full on, right? And so there's definitely this legal commons and illegal commons, and I do think it's important to recognize the ... similarities and differences. In some ways, the pirate commons is valuable precisely because of its transgression, and its message that sometimes the law is overbearing, and legal solutions, even lauadable ones like Creative Commons, are not simply enough. And so from my ... more activist perspective, I think a healthy ecology has both legal and illegal ... modes of organizing, as opposed to playing a politics of the 'authentic' versus 'inauthentic' modes of sharing."