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 Britain and Ireland, piracy was controversial. In the American colonies, it was revolutionary. America’s small but rapidly growing population of printers, newspapermen, and booksellers was led by immigrants who had learned their craft at the feet of the leading Irish and Scottish reprinters. By the time the War of Independence broke out, some were ready to make piracy a tool of insurrection.