Pro-Looting Book Requests You Don’t Loot Pro-Looting Book
A new book by author Vicky Osterweil called “In Defense of Looting” has been in the spotlight after its author received a sympathetic interview from NPR. While most (i.e. sane) people see looting as meaningless destruction of property, Osterweil argues that looting is fine because it “attacks the idea of property, and it attacks the idea that in order for someone to have a roof over their head or have a meal ticket, they have to work for a boss, in order to buy things that people just like them somewhere else in the world had to make under the same conditions” – whatever that means.
But before you get the impression that there’s no depths to the levels of theft and destruction that Osterweil will tolerate, know that she does draw the line somewhere. And that somewhere is her own book.
As can be seen in a preview of the book on Amazon, where it currently has a two star rating, even “looting” the book digitally will get you into trouble.
A few have pointed out that this kind of copyright disclaimer publishers put in every book, but they’re neglecting that the purpose is to project copyright owned by the *author*, and Osterweil either wants this copyright enforced or didn’t bother to ask for it not to be. In the latter case, it’s unlikely that a publisher would publish anything from an author who openly wants their book stolen (which sounds like an argument against looting).
But all that aside, we’re not exactly sure why Osterweil would fear anyone looting her book either physically or digitally. Doesn’t she have insurance?