Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future
Here’s why Microsoft should stop treating its customers as criminals (through...more
The essays get somewhat repetitive, and were for me a bit bogged down in referring to American laws and the history of the film/tech industry in the US...more
The author talks a lot about how he releases all his books on the net for free. You would think he would lose money doing so, but the freebies stimulate interest in his books which lead to more copies being sold. The RIAA could learn a lot from this book, instead of actively suing their own customers....
One interesting thing I learned from thi...more
2. [Gli ebook devono abbracciare la loro natura. [Ebooks need to embrace their nature] Questo valore peculiare degli ebook è ortogonale al valore dei libri cartacei e ruota attorno alle possibilità del testo elettronico di essere...more
But I wouldn't have read Content if I'd had to buy it -- and that would have been too bad, because it's a great little book. On matters of copyright, Doctorow reminds me of the way Chinese satirist Lu Xun described himself: a crazy man banging on the outer walls of a blazing iron house in the vain hope of rousing the inhabitants before they burn to death. For Doctorow, the iron house is the notion that intellectual property is some...more
Hailed by Bruce Sterling as “a political activist, gizmo freak, junk collector, programmer, entrepreneur, and all-around Renaissance geek,” the Internet’s favorite high-tech culture maven is celebrated with the first collection of his infamous articles, essays, and polemics. Irreverently championing free speech and universal access to information—even if it's just a free download of the newest Britney Spears MP3—he leads off with a mutinous talk given at Microsoft on digital rights manag
Seth Godin agrees. He asserts that success in the future lies in giving aw...more
Doctorow takes his collection from a variety of articles and presentations he's authored over the last few years. His writing is easy to read, and he is clear and co...more
One of the anecdot...more
Doctorow is extremely prolific in his side career of EFF spokesperson and advocate for open Intellectual Property rights as he is primarily occupied by writing a culturally savvy type of sci-fi. These installments represent what is likely a majority of his valuable published writings on these sub...more
Some key points that I found to be of interest included:
Information is a relationship – a simultaneous relationship, an action and an area of shared mind
Challenges of economic paradigm for content creation and the constraints of copyright (e.g. Buying region-specifi...more
* The early essays about the problems with the current conception of copyright hit the ball out of the park. I particularly lik...more
This book is Doctorow's first nonfiction book, and it shows off his talent in satirizing and critiquing our technical culture and the information economy.
I especially liked the insight of the essay "Science Fiction is the only Literature People Care Enough About to Steal on the Internet." He states there that "conversation, not con...more
Doctorow's an excellent non-fiction writer. Except for "Little Brother" and parts of "Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town", I like this better than...more
Even if it weren't outdated, th...more
This book is a selection of previously published essays, magazine articles, and conference presentations, mostly on the theme of copyright and intellectual property law, piracy, privacy, ebooks, and related matters. He makes some compelling arguments, but as these articles were mostly publ...more
He also makes s...more
Any reader who is interested in this kind of thing should read "Content." Any writer who doesn't...more
Dopo la valanga di lettori ebook finiti nel...more
He is an activist in favor of liberalizing copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons organization, using some of their licenses for his books.
Some common themes of his work include digital rights management, file sharing, Disney, and post-scarcity economics.