Well said Jack.
I would like to remind all of other governing principles in our dealings with others in the five precepts, and specicially in this scenario, not taking that which is not freely given.
Having had some experience in the publishing industry, I know that in order to bring works to print involves a significant financial investment. Wisdom is a non-profit publisher so the cost of their books represents the cost involved in producing and distributing those works. Pariyatti is another Dhamma-book publisher who operate as a non-profit organisation and they rely on donations and interest-free loans from practitioners as seed capital to publish important works.
The copyright on works such as the SN and MN is a copyright on the translation of the original Pali and the explanatory notes by Bhikkhu Bodhi. Under law, and I contend morally, Wisdom Publications has the exclusive right via copyright to recoup the investment made in bringing those works to print so as they can continue to do their meritorious work.
There are lots of other places where you can download copyright-wavered copies of the MN and SN, in original pali or translated by someone else. If you wish to acquire a copy of the Bhikkhu Bodhi translations and then please do the right thing by purchasing copies - and by doing so supporting Wisdom's efforts in making available Dhamma books to the world. If you cannot afford them, then please for those of you who live in countries with a library system - consider borrowing from your municipal, academic, state or national library. Or you could borrow from a friend.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725
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