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Yo, Ho, Ho, and a Digital Scrum

Posted: Feb 21, 2010

There is an association with a certain kind of liberty—living perhaps alongside the law rather than in direct opposition to it,” Johns says. “What the pirate community can represent is a kind of alternative that has its own virtues.

Johns has collected these and other pirate lessons in a new book, Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars From Gutenberg to Gates (University of Chicago Press). The weighty work, more than 550 pages, covers hundreds of years of history of copyright and intellectual property in the West, focusing on the stories of those angling to disrupt prevailing practices.

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