Piracy : The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates

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Since the rise of Napster and other file-sharing services in its wake, most of us have assumed that intellectual piracy is a product of the digital age and that it threatens creative expression as never before. The Motion Picture Association of America, for instance, claimed that in 2005 the film industry lost $2.3 billion in revenue to piracy online. But here Adrian Johns shows that piracy has a much longer and more vital history than we have realizedOCoone that has been largely forgotten and is little understood."Piracy" explores the intellectual property wars from the advent of print culture in the fifteenth century to the reign of the Internet in the twenty-first. Brimming with broader implications for todayOCOs debates over open access, fair use, free culture, and the like, JohnsOCOs book ultimately argues that piracy has always stood at the center of our attempts to reconcile creativity and commerceOCoand that piracy has been an engine of social, technological, and intellectual innovations as often as it has been their adversary. From Cervantes to Sonny Bono, from Maria Callas to Microsoft, from Grub Street to Google, no chapter in the story of piracy evades JohnsOCOs graceful analysis in what will be the definitive history of the subject for years to come.
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  • Book | 636 pages
  • University of Chicago Press
  • United States
  • New ed.
  • 0226401200
  • 9780226401201

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