Pirate Cinema

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Tom Doherty Associates, Oct 2, 2012 - Young Adult Fiction - 384 pages
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Little Brother, Cory Doctorow, comes Pirate Cinema, a new tale of a brilliant hacker runaway who finds himself standing up to tyranny.

Trent McCauley is sixteen, brilliant, and obsessed with one thing: making movies on his computer by reassembling footage from popular films he downloads from the net. In the dystopian near-future Britain where Trent is growing up, this is more illegal than ever; the punishment for being caught three times is that your entire household's access to the internet is cut off for a year, with no appeal.

Trent's too clever for that too happen. Except it does, and it nearly destroys his family. Shamed and shattered, Trent runs away to London, where he slowly learns the ways of staying alive on the streets. This brings him in touch with a demimonde of artists and activists who are trying to fight a new bill that will criminalize even more harmless internet creativity, making felons of millions of British citizens at a stroke.

Things look bad. Parliament is in power of a few wealthy media conglomerates. But the powers-that-be haven't entirely reckoned with the power of a gripping movie to change people's minds....

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The near future's oppressive copyright laws criminalize creativity in the name of protecting it.Trent McCauley has an irrepressible drive to create, carefully splicing bits and pieces of movies ... Read full review

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Cory has taken fair use and spun it on it's head. In a not to distant future or a parallel present the entertainment giants control all entertainment works and any non licenced use is met with massive fines and penalties. Trent (Cecil) is thrown into the maelstrom by practicing his love of remixing videos of his favorite actor, but even Trent can not envision the machination put into play or his part in them....
Doctorow has played with this theme in a limited fashion before, but Pirate Cinema is his tour de force of the entertainment industry gone mad.......
Cory plays the small personal interactions and rounds out his characters while at the same time building a truly alarming larger than life "shark" even Benchley would be proud of.
You should not be fooled by the Creative Commons designation of this novel. Pirate Cinema is a fast read and one that is not easily put down. Definitely well worth the read.
Paul Cole
WRFR lp/fm community radio Rockland Maine usa
Beam Me Up podcast/ blog

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About the author (2012)

CORY DOCTOROW is a coeditor of Boing Boing and a columnist for multiple publications including the Guardian, Locus, and Publishers Weekly. He was named one of the Web's twenty-five influencers by Forbes magazine and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. His award-winning novel Little Brother was a New York Times bestseller. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.

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