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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kdf_333 - LibraryThing
interesting ideas . i gotta say i think the laws are extreme and stupid in the book. but i do think downloading illegally is well illegal. buy that crap if you want to use it and fight for more ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Rosa.Mill - LibraryThing
What an amazing and terrifying book. Trent is a 16 year old boy obsessed with making movies be editing together clips from other films. He downloads clips from online all the time. Unfortunately this ... Read full review