The End of Ownership: Personal Property in the Digital Economy

The End of Ownership: Personal Property in the Digital Economy

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ISBN-13: 9780262335966
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 10/28/2016
Series: The Information Society Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Aaron Perzanowski is Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University.
Jason Schultz is Professor of Clinical Law at New York University School of Law and Director of NYU's Technology Law and Policy Clinic.
Laura DeNardis is a Professor in the School of Communication at American University, Washington, D.C., and the coauthor of Information Technology in Theory.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

1 Introduction 1

2 Property and the Exhaustion Principle 15

3 Copies, Clouds, and Streams 35

4 Ownership and the Fine Print 57

5 The "Buy Now" Lie 83

6 The Promise and Perils of Digital Libraries 103

7 DRM and the Secret War inside Your Devices 121

8 The Internet of Things You Don't Own 139

9 Patents and the Ordinary Pursuits of Life 155

10 Ownership's Uncertain Future 169

Notes 195

Index 241

What People are Saying About This

Pamela Samuelson

The 'end of ownership' might sound like hyperbole, but this important book explains that we are at risk of losing many benefits of ownership in the digital age. Digital works, whether software or sound recordings, are regulated by licenses and by copyright law in ways that conventional products have not been. All is not lost, however, as the authors explain how we can reclaim ownership as a fundamental norm of our society and extend it to our music, our software, our devices, and the Internet of Things.

Tim Wu

The gradual erosion of ownership is a long-term threat to human freedom and our capacity for self-development.Like physical erosion, however, the changes are subtle and even invisible.This book makes clear the stakes and sounds an important warning.

From the Publisher

By reading this blurb, you agree, irrevocably and in perpetuity, that this book is an excellent, enraging, eye-opening, essential overview of the way that 'intellectual property' has become a twenty-first century virus that lets the biggest corporations in the world strip you of your actual property rights. To opt-out, die.

Cory Doctorow, MIT Media Lab Activist-in-Residence, and author of Information Doesn't Want to Be Free

The 'end of ownership' might sound like hyperbole, but this important book explains that we are at risk of losing many benefits of ownership in the digital age. Digital works, whether software or sound recordings, are regulated by licenses and by copyright law in ways that conventional products have not been. All is not lost, however, as the authors explain how we can reclaim ownership as a fundamental norm of our society and extend it to our music, our software, our devices, and the Internet of Things.

Pamela Samuelson, Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

The gradual erosion of ownership is a long-term threat to human freedom and our capacity for self-development.Like physical erosion, however, the changes are subtle and even invisible.This book makes clear the stakes and sounds an important warning.

Tim Wu, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School, and author of The Master Switch

This book centers our attention on the central principle of information ownership—exhaustion of intellectual property rights—and zooms in on the core issues that should keep all of us awake at night, especially those committed to access, use, and dissemination of knowledge now and for generations to come.Not only is this an exceptionally clear explanation of the current digital ownership landscape—it is a call to action to all who can change it.

Mary Lee Kennedy, former Chief Library Officer, New York Public Library

Endorsement

This book centers our attention on the central principle of information ownership—exhaustion of intellectual property rights—and zooms in on the core issues that should keep all of us awake at night, especially those committed to access, use, and dissemination of knowledge now and for generations to come.Not only is this an exceptionally clear explanation of the current digital ownership landscape—it is a call to action to all who can change it.

Mary Lee Kennedy, former Chief Library Officer, New York Public Library

Cory Doctorow

By reading this blurb, you agree, irrevocably and in perpetuity, that this book is an excellent, enraging, eye-opening, essential overview of the way that 'intellectual property' has become a twenty-first century virus that lets the biggest corporations in the world strip you of your actual property rights. To opt-out, die.

Mary Lee Kennedy

This book centers our attention on the central principle of information ownership—exhaustion of intellectual property rights—and zooms in on the core issues that should keep all of us awake at night, especially those committed to access, use, and dissemination of knowledge now and for generations to come.Not only is this an exceptionally clear explanation of the current digital ownership landscape—it is a call to action to all who can change it.

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