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Read online Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age In sharply argued fast moving chapters Cory Doctorow s i Information Doesn t Want to Be Free i takes on the state of copyright and creative success in the digital age Can small artists still thrive in the Internet era Can giant record labels avoid alienating their audiences This is a book about the pitfalls and the opportunities that creative industries and individuals are confronting today about how the old models have failed or found new footing and about what might soon replace them An essential read for anyone with a stake in the future of the arts i Information Doesn t Want to Be Free i offers a vivid guide to the ways creativity and the Internet interact today and to what might be coming next by Cory Doctorow

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Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age
Title:Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age
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ISBN:1940450284
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Number of Pages:192
Category:Non fiction, Technology, Business, Science, Politics
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div Alan is a middle aged entrepreneur in contemporary Toronto who has devoted himself to fixing up a house in a bohemian neighborhood This naturally brings him in contact with the house full of students and layabouts next door including a young woman who in a moment of stress reveals to him that she has wings wings moreover which grow back after each attempt to cut them off br br Alan understands He himself has a secret or two His father is a mountain his mother is a washing machine and among his brothers are a set of Russian nesting dolls br br Now two of the three nesting dolls Edward and Frederick are on his doorstep well on their way to starvation because their innermost member George has vanished It appears that yet another brother Davey who Alan and his other siblings killed years ago may have returned bent on revenge br br Under such circumstances it seems only reasonable for Alan to involve himself with a visionary scheme to blanket Toronto with free wireless Internet connectivity a conspiracy spearheaded by a brilliant technopunk who builds miracles of hardware from parts scavenged from the city s dumpsters But Alan s past won t leave him alone and Davey is only one of the powers gunning for him and all his friends br div, b A comedy of loyalty betrayal sex madness and music swapping b br br Art is an up and coming interface designer working on the management of data flow along the Massachusetts Turnpike He s doing the best work of his career and can guarantee that the system will be without a question the most counterintuitive user hostile piece of software ever pushed forth onto the world br br Why Because Art is an industrial saboteur He may live in London and work for an EU telecommunications megacorp but Art s real home is the Eastern Standard Tribe br br Instant wireless communication puts everyone in touch with everyone else twenty four hours a day But one thing hasn t changed the need for sleep The world is slowly splintering into Tribes held together by a common time zone less than family and more than nations Art is working to humiliate the Greenwich Mean Tribe to the benefit of his own people But in a world without boundaries nothing can be taken for granted not happiness not money and most certainly not love br br Which might explain why Art finds himself stranded on the roof of an insane asylum outside Boston debating whether to push a pencil into his brain, In the virtual future you must organize to survive br br At any hour of the day or night millions of people around the globe are engrossed in multiplayer online games questing and battling to win virtual gold jewels and precious artifacts Meanwhile others seek to exploit this vast shadow economy running electronic sweatshops in the world s poorest countries where countless gold farmers bound to their work by abusive contracts and physical threats harvest virtual treasure for their employers to sell to First World gamers who are willing to spend real money to skip straight to higher level gameplay br br Mala is a brilliant year old from rural India whose leadership skills in virtual combat have earned her the title of General Robotwalla In Shenzen heart of China s industrial boom Matthew is defying his former bosses to build his own successful gold farming team Leonard who calls himself Wei Dong lives in Southern California but spends his nights fighting virtual battles alongside his buddies in Asia a world away All of these young people and more will become entangled with the mysterious young woman called Big Sister Nor who will use her experience her knowledge of history and her connections with real world organizers to build them into a movement that can challenge the status quo br br The ruthless forces arrayed against them are willing to use any means to protect their power including blackmail extortion infiltration violence and even murder To survive Big Sister s people must out think the system This will lead them to devise a plan to crash the economy of every virtual world at once a Ponzi scheme combined with a brilliant hack that ends up being the biggest funnest game of all br br Imbued with the same lively subversive spirit and thrilling storytelling that made LITTLE BROTHER an international sensation FOR THE WIN is a prophetic and inspiring call to arms for a new generation, Trent McCauley is sixteen brilliant and obsessed with one thing making movies on his computer by reassembling footage from popular films he downloads from the net In near future Britain this is more illegal than ever The punishment for being caught three times is to cut off your entire household from the internet for a year no work school health or money benefits br br Trent thinks he is too clever for that to happen but it does and nearly destroys his family Shamed and shattered Trent runs away to London where slowly he learns the ways of staying alive on the streets He joins artists and activists fighting a new bill that will jail too 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