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Copyrights and Copywrongs by Siva Vaidhyanathan
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May 13, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: american-history, culture, economics, politics, intellectual-property
Read from May 19 to 26, 2011

This was a captivating, important book, which I read as part of my ongoing research into modern copyright law, which now extends into the far corners of everything, transforming culture into commodity, creativity into control, the public domain into a vacant house, the destruction of fair use, and more. This book was helpful because it outlines the growth of copyright law from "Bloody" Mary Tudor all the way down beyond the Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, and shows how copyright was originally a temporary government-granted monopoly on ideas for the benefit of the publisher of creative work, and how it has been transformed into a "moral rights" issue. Where the first copyrights were there to penalize publishers and not the public, now copyright has essentially criminalize everything, including the public. A scholarly, and not popular account, highly recommended on a very important subject.
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