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Copyright Wars : Three Centuries of Trans-Atlantic Battle (Reprint) (Paperback) (Peter Baldwin)
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Today's copyright wars can seem unprecedented. Sparked by the digital revolution that has made copyright--and its violation--a part of everyday life, fights over intellectual property have pitted creators, Hollywood, and governments against consumers, pirates, Silicon Valley, and open-access advocates. But the copyright wars in fact stretch back three centuries--and their history is essential to understanding today's battles. Telling this important story,The Copyright Wars is the first major trans-Atlantic history of copyright from its origins to today. Compelling and wide-ranging, this book is indispensable for understanding a crucial economic, cultural, and political conflict that has reignited in our own time.