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Sort order. Feb 10, Mike rated it it was amazing. This is an incredibly comprehensive text that examines how copyright has been shifting with the advent of digital technologies. Rather than being merely a legal protocol that handles rights, copyright is becoming more and more imbricated with technological deployments by the major cultural industries. However, it is not just a technical matter; we must also consider political, legal, economic, social, and cultural forces to understand the complicated latticework that is copyright in the digital This is an incredibly comprehensive text that examines how copyright has been shifting with the advent of digital technologies.
However, it is not just a technical matter; we must also consider political, legal, economic, social, and cultural forces to understand the complicated latticework that is copyright in the digital age.
Gillespie explores the major events that punctuate the evolution of copyright, including the Napster case, the failure of SDMI, and the extensive deployment of DRM technologies. This is an incredibly dense work that rarely gives you a chance to catch your breath, but it is absolutely required reading for anyone interested in copyright in the digital age.
My only complaint is that it is readily apparent that I will never write anything as insightful or comprehensive as this. I have very mixed feelings about this book.
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On the one hand, I think it covers a very important topic and I was able to reiterate much more of its content than I thought I would. These issues tend to be treated in a cardboard fashion in other discussions, and it is a signal achievement of Professor Gillespie that he demonstrates the intensive effort it takes to accomplish such control. Formerly copyright counsel to the U.
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This is an unusual, excellent, vitally important, and urgently needed book. This is, ultimately, an empirically rich and theoretically sophisticated account of copyright and culture that could form the starting point of debate for anyone interested in this essential complex of issues.
Tarleton Gillespie is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research New England and an affiliated associate professor at Cornell University. He cofounded the blog Culture Digitally. Social Studies of Science , v36n3, The Information Society , v20n4, Praise for the book: " Wired Shut is an important book, essential for those who care about the future of digital technologies and information flows. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary; author of the seven-volume treatise Patry on Copyright , as well as Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars and How to Fix Copyright "Gillespie has boldly attempted a broad and deep analysis of copyright that integrates cultural, historical, legal, social, political, and technological perspectives—and he succeeds.