Piracy The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates

ISBN-10: 0226401197
ISBN-13: 9780226401195
Edition: 2011
Authors: Adrian Johns
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Book details

List price: $22.50
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/30/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 640
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

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 realizedone that has been largely forgotten and is little understood. Piracyexplores the intellectual property wars from the advent of print culture in the fifteenth century to the reign of the Internet in the twenty-first. Written with a historian's flair for narrative and sparkling detail, the book swarms throughout with characters of genius, principle, cunning, and outright criminal intent: in the wars over piracy, it is the victimsfrom Charles Dickens to Bob Dylanwho have always been the best known, but the principal playersthe pirates themselveshave long languished in obscurity, and it istheirstories especially that Johns brings to life in these vivid pages. Brimming with broader implications for today's debates over open access, fair use, free culture, and the like, Johns's book ultimately argues that piracy has always stood at the center of our attempts to reconcile creativity and commerceand 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 Johns's graceful analysis in what will be the definitive history of the subject for years to come.

A General History of the Pirates
The Invention of Piracy
The Piratical Enlightenment
Experimenting with Print
Pharmaceutical Piracy and the Origins of Medical Patenting
Of Epics and Orreries
The Land without Property
Making a Nation
The Printing Counterrevolution
Inventors, Schemers, and Men of Science
International Copyright and the Science of Civilization
The First Pirate Hunters
The Great Oscillation War
Intellectual Property and the Nature of Science
The Pirate at Home and at Large
From Phreaking to Fudding
Past, Present, and Future
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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