Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates

Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates

Adrian Johns


Since the increase of Napster and different file-sharing prone in its wake, such a lot folks have assumed that highbrow piracy is a fabricated from the electronic age and that it threatens artistic expression as by no means sooner than. The movie organization of the United States, for example, claimed that during 2005 the movie misplaced $2.3 billion in profit to piracy on-line. yet right here Adrian Johns exhibits that piracy has a miles longer and extra very important background than now we have realized—one that has been mostly forgotten and is little understood.

Piracy explores the highbrow estate wars from the appearance of print tradition within the 15th century to the reign of the web within the twenty-first. Brimming with broader implications for today’s debates over open entry, reasonable use, unfastened tradition, etc, Johns’s publication eventually argues that piracy has consistently stood on the middle of our makes an attempt to reconcile creativity and commerce—and that piracy has been an engine of social, technological, and highbrow options as usually because it has been their adversary. From Cervantes to Sonny Bono, from Maria Callas to Microsoft, from Grub road to Google, no bankruptcy within the tale of piracy evades Johns’s swish research in what's going to be the definitive background of the topic for years to come.

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