March 13, 2012

Rushdie accuses DOJ of “wanting to destroy the world of books”

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Salman Rushdie has lashed out at the U.S. Department of Justice — although not at terribly great length or depth.

On his Twitter feed on Sunday, Rushdie wrote “Anyone who thinks that fair pricing that allows authors to make a living is a cabal or cartel system is deep in the grip of Napsterism.”

A report on The Guardian gathers his three tweets on the subject, amounting to something not much more perceptive, but a good bit more fiery: “Seems that the US Justice Dept wants to destroy the world of books. Anyone who thinks that fair pricing that allows authors to make a living is a cabal or cartel system is deep in the grip of Napsterism — the belief (fostered by Napster in the music world) that it’s OK to acquire people’s work for almost nothing.”

No word on whether this applies to the EU investigation of the same people for the same thing.

Dennis Johnson is the founder of MobyLives, and the co-founder and co-publisher of Melville House. Follow him at @mobylives

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