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BTB #162: Caught in a ‘Copyright War’?

What does it mean to be caught in a “copyright war”? If such a culture war is what we have, when and how might it end? One man up to the charge of answering these weighty questions is William Patry, considered the most prolific scholar of copyright in U.S. history. In an interview with Chris […]

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BTB #161: For Quotations, Shields Chooses Ecstasy Over Anxiety

As a professor and novelist, David Shields collects quotes and book excerpts that spur him to reflection and even inspiration. This spring, that habit produces the surprisingly controversial new work, Reality Hunger: A Manifesto, which Shields discussed with Chris Kenneally during a break at the recent OnCopyright 2010 conference. Legal concerns aside, Shields claims the […]

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BTB #153: From the Frontlines of the E-book Wars

Ten years ago, when the “Big Bang” of online media gave birth to rudimentary e-readers, devices like the Rocket promised the moon but didn’t quite deliver. Today, the e-readers have proliferated in a kind of arms race underwritten by Sony, Amazon, Apple and even media giants like Hearst. There are nooks and Kindles, Plastic Logic […]

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BTB #151: OnCopyright 2010, Where Ideas Collide (Not People)

When it comes to typical conferences on the topic of copyright, four forces – technology, society, law, and the arts – interact to generate a charged debate. Conference organizer Bill Burger tells Chris Kenneally that OnCopyright 2010 will be different. For this “Collision of Ideas,” there will be a conversation rather than a confrontation. “Many […]

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