Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates (Google eBook)

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University of Chicago Press, Jan 15, 2010 - Law - 640 pages
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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 realized—one 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 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 commerce—and 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.

  

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Review: Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates

User Review  - affad - Goodreads

Where to begin articulating my thoughts about this book, first, I had to keep asking myself why did I pick up this book to read in the first place? I only finished this book out of shear stubbornness ... Read full review

Review: Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates

User Review  - Neville - Goodreads

A refreshing take upon my favourite topic. The historical approach gives IP/piracy wars a contextual flavour that's proving to be very enlightening. A very well written book Read full review

Contents

1 A General History of the Pirates
1
2 The Invention of Piracy
17
3 The Piratical Enlightenment
41
4 Experimenting with Print
57
5 Pharmaceutical Piracy and the Origins of Medical Patenting
83
6 Of Epics and Orreries
109
7 The Land without Property
145
8 Making a Nation
179
12 The First Pirate Hunters
327
13 The Great Oscillation War
357
14 Intellectual Property and the Nature of Science
401
15 The Pirate at Home and at Large
431
16 From Phreaking to Fudding
463
17 Past Present and Future
497
Acknowledgments
519
Notes
523

9 The Printing Counterrevolution
213
10 Inventors Schemers and Men of Science
247
11 International Copyright and the Science of Civilization
291

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About the author (2010)

Adrian Johns is professor of history and chair of the Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science at the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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