News From Outside Our Continental Borders

August 3rd, 2005 · No Comments
by Booksquare

Rather that boring our readers with our continuing obsession with royalties and such, we point you to Tod Goldberg’s blog (which we’ve discovered cannot be read until we’ve consumed new episodes of Battlestar Galactica, just in case he gets all analytical with it). Today, Tod considers a recent, well, decision by the Irish government to comply with a ruling to pay royalties on books borrowed from the library.

As always, Tod takes the pragmatic view:

Libraries are typically in such dire straits here in America that I suspect taking money from them would be akin to stealing the journalistic integrity from Parade Magazine — you can’t take what was never there — but I’m happy to take a little something-something from the EU, if only for suffering through European tourists who come to visit the desert and wear yellow socks, fanny packs, backpacks and those sunglasses you only find on European tourists who flag me down to ask me where the ocean is.

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