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Hot Property: The Stealing of Ideas in an Age of Globalization
by Pat Choate
The problem of pirating and counterfeiting has grown from small-scale imitations of Levi’s jeans and Zippo lighters to a phenomenon that costs the United States an estimated $200 billion dollars per year. Pirated DVDs, computer software, designer clothes, and machinery flood global markets, inflicting heavy losses on U.S. businesses, while counterfeit medicines, auto and a ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Knopf
(first published April 26th 2005)
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I enjoyed Lawrence Lessig's book, Free Culture, so I thought I'd try reading something that argued against free use of electronic information, just to see what I'd think of something I don't expect to agree with. Unfortunately, Hot Property--which is by the less hilarious of Ross Perot's two vice-presidential candidates--was not informative enough to pursue past page 53. On one page, Choate lionizes "those Americans bold and capable enough to steal foreign industrial secrets and bring them back ...more