Professor Robert Spoo's new book receives starred review by Library Journal

Saturday, June 01, 2013


Professor Robert Spoo's new book, Without Copyrights: Piracy, Publishing, and the Public Domain, has received a starred review by Library Journal.  The book is scheduled to be released this July.

Full review: 
Spoo, Robert. Without Copyrights: Piracy, Publishing, and the Public Domain. Oxford Univ. (Modernist Literature & Culture). Jul. 2013. 368p. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780199927876. $35. LIT
Spoo (Chapman Distinguished Chair, Univ of Tulsa; Copyright and Joyce) introduces prominent figures on both sides of the creation and dissemination of modernist literature (e.g., James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Samuel Roth, Henry Holt, and Bennett Cerf) and details their emerging influence in the development of U.S. copyright law. The author explores the use of the term pirate and its application in intellectual property discussions. Spoo’s multidisciplinary approach draws successful comparisons between an anarchist publishing climate and industries as unusual as lobster fishing to describe the birth of copyright law. This work joins Paul K. Saint-Amour’s book of essays, Modernism and Copyright, while offering more of an objective stance and in-depth analysis. VERDICT Spoo draws from an extensive bibliography and list of primary source documents to present a riveting account of U.S. copyright law’s “Wild West” origins. Highly recommended for students of literature and those studying copyright legislation. — Nerissa Kuebrich, Chicago