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Washington Post Review of Piracy

Posted: Jul 03, 2010

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 ever since the medieval and Enlightenment eras, corporations have tried to defend their economic interests by searching for intellectual piracy in the private sphere of people’s homes. He says that all of our current debates about intellectual piracy — from Google’s efforts to create a universal digital library to the fight over how vigorous patents should be — have antecedents in the copyright wars of earlier eras.

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