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Darknet by J.D. Lasica
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Jun 01, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: business, 2010, copyright, current_affairs, publishing, tech, epublishing
Read from June 26 to July 07, 2010

The book has aged better than expected. I was prepared to skip though story after story on the RIAA and MPAA suing college students and housewives or installing rootkits. Thinking back to 2004-2005, the idea of DVDs and Netflix were still new technologies for most of America (Google had yet to release their beta of Google books when this was being written). So it's pretty amazing how relevant parts of this book still are.
What I enjoyed was that Lasica let hits interviewees speak without too much criticism. From Christians who see nothing wrong with "editing" movies to remove swears, violence and sex to the point of censorship to a preacher who downloads tv shows before they air, the book is filled with people who either aren't aware or don't care about the stringent copyright laws that have been passed since the 70s. This is still worth reading as it gives the reader a view into what media conglomerates were thinking 5 years ago and are starting to put into action only now.

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