By Adrian Johns
Since the increase of Napster and different file-sharing companies in its wake, so much folks have assumed that highbrow piracy is a manufactured 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 far longer and extra important heritage 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, and so forth, Johns’s booklet 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 strategies as usually because it has been their adversary. From Cervantes to Sonny Bono, from Maria Callas to Microsoft, from Grub highway to Google, no bankruptcy within the tale of piracy evades Johns’s swish research in what is going to be the definitive heritage of the topic for years to come.
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