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The Digital Rights Movement: The Role of Technology in Subverting Digital Copyright [NOOK Book]


The evolution of activism against the expansion of copyright in the digital domain, with case studies of resistance including eBook and iTunes hacks.
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The Digital Rights Movement: The Role of Technology in Subverting Digital Copyright

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The evolution of activism against the expansion of copyright in the digital domain, with case studies of resistance including eBook and iTunes hacks.
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"With a journalist's eye for detail, an activist's commitment to the issues beneath, and a scholar's insight into their implications, Hector Postigo carefully documents the importance of hacktivism. He makes a convincing case that the DRM circumvention battles of the last decade drew together the people, the ideas, and the tactics now so vital to today's global controversies about digital citizenship and creative freedoms online." -- Tarleton
, Cornell University; author of Wired Shut: Copyright and the Shape of Digital Culture

The MIT Press

"With the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the giants of the content industry attempted to impose an order on the Internet, but they ignored the opposing views of some of the Internet's most savvy users. Hector Postigo shows that unlike other social movements that use the Internet to achieve rapid scale shifts,
the digital rights movement is both viral and retroviral. In other words,
hacktivists use the Internet to organize protests and build support in legal battles, but they also unlock the code of copyright-protected products. Both strategies are part of a broader political goal of maximizing the Internet's public domain." -- David J. Hess, Vanderbilt University

The MIT Press

"Hector Postigo traverses a wide intellectual landscape -- from the intricacies of copyright law in the digital age to grand visions for what online participatory culture could become -- in this riveting account of the development of the digital rights movement. Postigo is among the first to provide a comprehensive discussion of the development of the digital rights movements, its key actors, and its major arguments. If you are interested in online social movements, digital rights, or participatory culture, this book is for you!" -- Jennifer
, Professor of Sociology, University of Arizona; co-author of
Digitally Enabled Social Change

The MIT Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262304412
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2012
  • Series: The Information Society Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Hector Postigo is Associate Professor in the Department of Broadcasting,
Telecommunications, and Mass Media in the School of Communications and Theater at
Temple University.
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Table of Contents

Part I 1

1 Introduction 3

2 The National Information Infrastructure and the Policymaking Process 17

3 Origins of the Digital Rights Movement: The White Paper and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act 41

Part II 61

4 Dmitry Sklyarov and the Advanced eBook Processor 63

5 DeCSS: Origins and the Bunner Case 85

6 DeCSS Continued: The Hacker Ethic and the Reimerdes Case 97

7 iTunes Hacks: Hacking as a Tactic in the Digital Rights Movement 127

8 Structure and Tactics of the Digital Rights Movement 153

9 Conclusion 175

Appendix 181

Notes 197

References 209

Index 219

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