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Is Chicago brave, crazy, or both?

February 1st, 2010

I’ll go with brave.  For one day only, you can get the new book Piracy by Adrian Johns as a free e-book.  Given the topic, I think this gimmick by the University of Chicago Press is Pretty Darned Clever.  PiracyHere’s publisher copy about the book:  “Since the rise of Napster and other file sharing services in its wake, most of us have assumed that intellectual piracy is a product of the digital age and that it threatens creative expression as never before. The Motion Picture Association of America, for instance, claimed that in 2005 the film industry lost $2.3 billion in revenue to piracy online. But here Adrian Johns shows that piracy has a much longer and more vital history than we have realized—one that has been largely forgotten and is little understood.”

The press will offer a new free title next month, and I’ll post it here.

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