Professor Robert Spoo's book now available

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Without Copyrights: Piracy, Publishing, and the Public Domain, published by Oxford University Press


Without Copyrights tells the story of how the clashes between authors, publishers, and literary "pirates" influenced both American copyright law and literature itself.  Featuring a colorful cast of characters made up of frustrated authors, anxious publishers, and willful pirates, Spoo provides an engaging history of the American public domain, a commons shaped by custom as much as by law, and of piracy's complex role in the culture of creativity.

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Professor Spoo also made a presentation about "the tragedy of the uncoordinated global commons" at the Copyright Society of the USA (Philadelphia Chapter) in July.  Read more