Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future

Review From User :

I absolutely loved his book! It's a collection of articles that we previously printed elsewhere, but, when you put them all together, you get a great read!

The author talks a lot about how he releases all his books on the net for free. You would think he would lose money doing so, but the freebies stimulate interest in his books which lead to more copies being sold. The RIAA could learn a lot from this book, instead of actively suing their own customers....

One interesting thing I learned from this book is about the 1995 TRIPS agreement, with the World Trade Organization. Countries who sign onto the bill, can export manufactured goods into the US without ANY tariffs. In return, they have to sign up to protect American copyrights in their own country. The end result has been that a lot of countries have not enforced the laws. Even if they do, there are a lot of poor countries that can not afford to pay for American media.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in copyright law, DRM, electronic distribution of media and it's future. It's easy to read, definitely NOT some dry textbook...

Hailed by Bruce Sterling as a “political activist, gizmo freak, junk collector, programmer, entrepreneur, and all-around Renaissance geek,” Cory Doctorow is the Web’s most celebrated high-tech pop-culture maven. Content is the first collection of Doctorow’s infamous articles, essays, and polemics.

Here’s why Microsoft should stop treating its customers as criminals (through relentless digital-rights management); how America chose copyright and Happy Meal toys over jobs; why Facebook is taking a faceplant; how Wikipedia is a poor cousin of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; and, of course, why free e-books kick ass.

Practicing what he preaches, all of the author’s books, including this one, are simultaneously released in print and on the Internet under Creative Commons licenses that encourage their reuse and sharing. He argues persuasively that this practice has considerably increased his sales by enlisting readers to promote his work. Accessible to geeks and non-techies alike, this is a timely collection from an author who effortlessly surfs the zeitgeist while always generating his own wave.


Content - 001 - Foreword

Content - 002 - Microsoft Research DRM Talk

Content - 003 - The DRM Sausage Factory

Content - 004 - Happy Meal Toys Versus Copyright

Content - 005 - Why Is Hollywood Making a Sequel to the Napster Wars

Content - 006 - You Do Like Reading Off a Computer Screen

Content - 007 - How Do You Protect Artists