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History of Piracy by Adrian Johns: EFF Advises Reading

History of Piracy by Adrian Johns: EFF Advises Reading

Added: Saturday, June 5th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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Adrian Johns' 2009 book is titled “Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates”. Adrian Johns is a famous historian from the University of Chicago, and his book is a serious reading, covering the period from 16th century to the present on over 500 pages, yet fascinating and can be considered a requisite read for you, if you are interested in the development of the patent and copyright systems and history of intellectual property.

Actually, if you start from the very beginning you may feel the book is too serious for you, as it starts from the history of England’s pre-industrial printing in the 17th century. That’s because the book is organized chronologically, so if you are not very interested in that, you can fast forward to chapter 13, describing the radio rise in England in the 1920s. That is the point where history becomes remarkably relevant today, and the momentum of this chapter will carry you through to the end of the reading.

Occasionally, the author will remind you that modern debates appear to have historical roots in contradictions on home taping, computer hacking and phone phreaking, and finally on patent-law rebellions in the 1920s against AT&T. If you consider yourself a patent reformer, interested copy-fighter or a netizen, then this history is compulsory for you to know. At the end of the book the unique stuff about our present historical moment is described, and Adrian Johns calls it the rise of IP defense industry.

The main idea of the book is that opposing the IP defense industry is not exactly the same as opposing just IP. Instead, it’s all about valuing privacy, autonomy and civil liberties, and not letting anti-piracy enforcement to destroy these things.

When you finish the book (and you will, that’s for sure), don't stop reading. Now you can turn to the missed chapters. For example, chapter 8 will remind you how the US has become the first pirate nation, when it refused to recognize the foreign authors’ copyrights. Then chapter 9 will tell the history of legal deposit which was a requirement and an important basis for most national research libraries. Finally, from chapter 12 you will know about the first organized private anti-piracy enforcement action in 1903, which was even supported by the industry – it was the fight of music publishers against sheet music reprinters.

June 5th, 2010

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Date:  Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Comments (5) (please add your comment »)

posted by ET junkieET lover (2010-06-05 16:50:22)
bodthepimp avatargood read SaM ThE MaN

posted by Blocked (2010-06-05 19:39:24)
No avatarNice post SaM, if antone wants to check this cool book out you can get it here

posted by Blocked (2010-06-05 22:31:11)
phoenixcrash avatarPIRACY: Goin' Strong Since The 16th Century. What makes these fags think it's gonna stop now? Stop trying to fabricate shitty, pointless, mind-numbing movies and I'll start paying for it. Until then, I'll keep previewing it on Bittorrent before buying. Perfect example: Last night my girl talked me into watching "When In Rome". After the first 15 minutes I excused myself and then went to the bathroom where I then attempted to hang myself with my shoelaces. After the failed suicide attempt (joking), I tried smoking some bud (which makes any movie better). Still sucked fatass donkeyballs.

posted by (2010-06-07 23:58:12)
mancsteveuk avatarI totally agree with phoenixcrash, the "industry" never mentions how much money torrents can bring in for the movie makers, Im another who "tries before I buy" and there are plenty of movies i now own legally on DVD and blu-ray because I checked the movie out first by downloading it.. so Mr movie man, are you going to give us a garentee of quality? if you buy your movie or pay to watch it at the cinema and its a bag of shite you will give us our money back? no? ah so you can rip us off without any comeback but we cant rip you off? hypocritical shits

posted by (2010-06-09 04:57:39)
Bond avatarIt's a circle.
More downloading = more bandwith technolegy = more computer technolegy = more movie/game technolegy = ...more downloading = more ...well, it's a circle.

See, pirating helps the industry - if only they could see that.......
If nobody would download illigal shit, no fast bandwith is needed. Development stops there. No more games downloaded, extremely less new pc's needed. Development and market will crash in that department. Only the movies will kinda survive, due the time we have left for not sitting behind (or in front of?) a pc.

Just my thoughts.

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