Pirates of the Digital Millennium: How the Intellectual Property Wars Damage Our Personal Freedoms, Our Jobs, and the World Economy
John Gantz,Jack B. Rochester | 2004-09-30 00:00:00 | FT Press | 320 | Management Science
Digital piracy. It's a global war -- and it's just begun. Pirates of the Digital Millennium chronicles that war. All of it: media conglomerates vs. teenagers, tech companies vs. content providers, artists battling artists, nations vs. nations, law enforcement vs. organized crime. John Gantz and Jack Rochester cover every side and all the implications. Economics. Law. Ethics. Culture. The players. And above all, the realities -- including the exclusive new findings of a 57-country digital piracy research project. The media universe is shaking to its very foundations. This book helps you make sense of what's happening -- and what's next.
Gantz and Rochester have created a thorough investigation of the war over the ownership of intellectual property. They draw the reader in with common scenarios of digital piracy and then explain the history of copyright protection and the current debate over ownership of digital media. Moral and legal implications of illegal downloading are addressed as the authors reveal the extensive ripple effect downloading has on the world economy. The authors present complex theories and research in an accessible and entertaining manner. While their arguments may fall on deaf ears of hardcore downloaders, their theories are an essential read for anyone with an open mind to truly understand the impact of digital piracy.
"Pirates" is well writen, I would say exhaustively researched, and insightful. Considering the material, it is an "easy" read. It had me asking questons about my own stance on the limits of copyright laws etc. In 2008, it is still a current source. >Sam
Pirates delivers a strong opinion on a very controversial subject. There is so much left unanswered in terms of digital piracy that Gantz and Rochester approach without biasing. It is well-written and packed full of various forms of information and stands, from legal to moral to opinion.
"Digital piracy is an important issue which needs to be addressed in this age of technological revolution. This book by Gantz and Rochester highlights this point very well.You will learn everything about piracy and how it damages the world at large. I learnt a new word while reading this book "intellectual property", which is very important to the artists and needs to be protected.
This book covers it all. Every side, all its implications and the economics. It talks about copyright laws around the world.
Gantz and Rochester divide their analysis into ten easy-to-read chapters,with interesting quotes at the beginning of each chapter. It is explicitly written and has some diagramatic illustrations that make it interesting.
This book is a must for all those interested in knowing about digital piracy and its implications.
"Pirates" presents an honest and open look at not only the impact illegal downloading has on our society, but also how rampant it has become. The book highlights the moral dilemma for some (it seems it's not so much of a dilemma for most), and discuss what is taking place domestically and internationally to try and halt some of the copyright violations that are taking place. Authors Gantz and Rochester take us through the process of producing entertainment, specifically focusing on the cost breakdown, and discuss why CDs cost $17 when it only takes pennies to actually make a CD. I think they make solid arguments, specifically when discussing the cooperation that must take place between producers and consumers. Producers must begin to understand that consumers don't want a packaged bulk unit, they want a personalized playlist, CD and they want to listen/view their entertainment when they want! Companies such as iTunes have begun to show that people are willing to negotiate, but they are tired of paying the same old prices and getting the same old product.
Good easy read that puts the piracy in perspective. Very readable book which will hopefully give people a better understanding as to what is taking place on a global scale.
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