Someone tell me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the Scribd business model at least something like this:
1. Encourage people to violate copyright by uploading whole scanned books to the Scribd website.
2a. Charge people money for downloading the pirated copies OR
2b. Give pirated copies away to people who upload additional pirated materials, making the treasure chest even more attractive to people who chose the 2a route
3. Take down only those few PDFs publishers complain about
Honestly, it seems like half of the things I search for in Google these days are links to Scribd documents. Its like Napster, if Napster was designed for European graduate students who waned to push the minor works of Deleuze into The Cloud.
I know there is a whole underground economy of PDF sharing that grad students and others engage in that I’m only beginning to understand, but how can Scribd be so brazenly out front on this one? Or am I missing something?