"Given that permission costs are already out of control for old-fashioned print, it’s fair to expect that they will rise even higher with e-books. After all, digital books will be in print forever (we assume); they can be downloaded, copied, shared and maybe even translated. We’ve all heard about the multimedia potential of the iPad, but how much will writers be charged for film clips and audio? Rights holders will demand a hefty premium for use in digital books — if they make their materials available in that format at all.
Seeing the clouds on the horizon, publishers painstakingly remove photos and even text extracts from print books as they are converted to e-books. So instead of providing a dazzling future, the e-world is forcing nonfiction to become drier, blander and denser."
Good old "Intellectual Property" fostering non-innovation and the guarantee for the incumbent.
"a system that is broken: getting permission to use copyrighted material in new work."
- http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/03/opinion/03aronson.html (view on Google Sidewiki)