Washington Post Review of Piracy ...

In his invaluable book “Piracy,” Adrian Jones argues that the tendency of intellectual property battles to undermine privacy is not new. On the contrary, Johns, a history professor at the University of Chicago, argues that...

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The Surprisingly Free Podcast ...

A discussion with Jerry Brito of The Mercatus Center at George Mason University on the history of intellectual property and piracy, the origins of copyright law in London, the first pirates, and today’s digital piracy....

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Information Outlaws Through the Ages ...

Adrian Johns talked about his book Piracy: Intellectual Property Wars from Guttenberg to Gates (University Of Chicago Press, 2010). He was interviewed in the Digitally Lit Room II of the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit...

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Electronic Frontier Foundation Review ...

Fred von Lohmann at the Electronic Frontier Foundation calls Piracy “a fascinating and essential read for anyone interested in the history of the term “intellectual property” and development of the modern copyright and patent systems.”

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Rototoko Article ...

So, for example, in the eighteenth century metropolitan publishers fought against provincial and international “pirates” to preserve their claims to a perpetual “literary property” in printed works. Their clashes defined and publicized what became central...

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In this detail-packed biography of fakery, science historian Adrian Johns describes one of the earliest attempts to protect authors’ rights—a vellum-bound book registry in the Stationer’s Hall in 17th century London—and examines everything from the Victorian crusade against the patent, to the radio pirates of the 1920s, to the telephone phreakers of the 1970s and the computer hackers of today. Piracy is not new, he concludes, but we are due for a revolution in intellectual property, and science may be its ideal breeding ground.