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Title:Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future
Authors:Cory Doctorow
Info:Tachyon Publications (2008), Paperback, 224 pages
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Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future by Cory Doctorow (2008)


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Series of essays examining our digital life, including copyright and intellectual property. ( )
  deldevries | Jan 31, 2016 |
Mr. Doctorow is on the forefront of one of the most important battles of our generation. The fact that most people have no knowledge/interest in this fight is the most powerful weapon in the hands of the opponent. This is a complex debate- and Mr. Doctorow is an important voice for individual’s information rights. This book is collection of articles has published over the years on topics from DRM, copyright, protection of artists’ rights, ebooks, fair use, and the economics of open source content. While in some of his arguments- I think he pushes the envelope a bit too far, Doctorow nevertheless provides a succinct, knowledgeable examination of these topics. I think we all owe him a debt of gratitude for being our watchdog against the corporate behemoths. ( )
  Alidawn | Jan 29, 2016 |
It's scary how right Doctorow was with his thinking on much in this book. It's also interesting to read (hear) his insights into some of what are still important issues we're dealing with now, even 7 years later. A very worthwhile read. ( )
  TheMadTurtle | Nov 30, 2015 |
The essays in Content are completely unsurprising, if you know anything about Cory Doctorow. He's anti-DRM and pro-freedom of information; he offers his books free online (including this one) and profits by it, and suggests that everyone can follow his example. I don't actually think he's completely right about that, but his ideas are compelling.

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, since I know little about it and had to work hard to follow. Still, aside from that, his writing is very easy to follow, and I find his ideas fairly convincing -- if even my mother can get round DRM, it's a waste of time right there, without getting into any complex issues. ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
Would have given four stars, but as the book is made up previously published essays it gets a bit repetitive. Could have been edited down to two or three long essays. That being said, I think the info he's giving is essential. I recommend this book to anyone who doesn't understand why most of the library's audiobooks can't be played on an ipod. Of course, some might reach different conclusions than Doctorow, but as a librarian, I'm for open gardens. I have a professional obligation to make information easier to exchange. All of Doctorow's books are downloadable for free at his website: craphound.com. You can also find most of his work at the library. Or buy'em.[later:] after posting this review I realize you actually download with book right from Goodreads! ( )
  librarianbryan | Apr 20, 2012 |
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Otto von Bismarck: "Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made."

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