Wired shut : copyright and the shape of digital culture

TitleWired shut : copyright and the shape of digital culture
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsGillespie, T
Paginationviii, 395 p.
PublisherMIT Press
Place PublishedCambridge, Mass.
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number9780262072823 (cloth alk. paper)
Accession Number1776180
KeywordsCOPYRIGHT , Piracy
AbstractThis volume looks at the way in which copyright law has become a series of technological "speed bumps" that determine the politics of online spaces. Copyright laws are coded into the architecture of websites and software in order to slow down or redirect communication, cultural expression, and information access. The author looks at how copyright limits the flow of information online, and examines how copyright law has changed over time and how current and future changes are likely to impact the marketplace of ideas. The book looks at the history of the Digital Rights Movement, DVD encryption, and how companies have attempted to code copyright law into cultural artifacts and give these codes validity through the legal system.
Notes2006030129GBA713855013677730Tarleton Gillespie.24 cm.Includes bibliographical references (p. [345]-379) and index.The technological fix -- The copyright balance and the weight of DRM -- The speed bump -- A heroic tale of devilish piracy and glorious progress / by Jack Valenti -- Why SMDI failed -- Protecting DVDs : locks, licenses, and laws -- Raising the broadcast flag -- Effective frustration -- The cultural implications of encryption.
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