Looking forward to reading the new Adrian Johns book

By Kristopher A. Nelson
in June 2010

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So illustrious a source as the Fred von Lohmann at the Electronic Frontier Foundation recommends the new book by Adrian Johns.


Note: this post is from 2010. Evaluate with care and in light of later events.

So illustrious a source as the Fred von Lohmann at the Electronic Frontier Foundation recommends the new book by Adrian Johns:

I’ve just finished Adrian Johns’ 2009 book, Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates, a 500+ page magnum opus stretching from the 1600s to the present. Johns is a noted University of Chicago historian, and his book is a fascinating and essential read for anyone interested in the history of the term “intellectual property” and development of the modern copyright and patent systems.

via Required Reading: Adrian Johns, Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates | Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Of particular interest:

  • The story of the rise of the term “intellectual property” in the 1870s and its connection to patents.
  • How the United States once  refusing to recognize the copyrights of foreign (mainly British) authors, and gained a reputation as a “pirate nation.”
  • Early anti-piracy efforts in 1903, aimed at sheet music reprinters.

Sounds like a good read!