By Adrian Johns
Since the increase of Napster and different file-sharing providers in its wake, such a lot people have assumed that highbrow piracy is a fabricated from the electronic age and that it threatens artistic expression as by no means prior to. The movie organization of the USA, for example, claimed that during 2005 the movie misplaced $2.3 billion in profit to piracy on-line. yet the following Adrian Johns exhibits that piracy has a far longer and extra important historical past than we have now realized—one that has been mostly forgotten and is little understood.
Piracy explores the highbrow estate wars from the arrival of print tradition within the 15th century to the reign of the net within the twenty-first. Brimming with broader implications for today’s debates over open entry, reasonable use, unfastened tradition, and so on, Johns’s e-book finally argues that piracy has consistently stood on the heart of our makes an attempt to reconcile creativity and commerce—and that piracy has been an engine of social, technological, and highbrow techniques as frequently because it has been their adversary. From Cervantes to Sonny Bono, from Maria Callas to Microsoft, from Grub highway to Google, no bankruptcy within the tale of piracy evades Johns’s swish research in what is going to be the definitive heritage of the topic for years to come.