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Information Doesn't Want to Be Free

Laws for the Internet Age

This new edition features Neil Gaiman reading his own introduction!

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Information Doesn't Want to Be Free

“This book contains vital information for anyone living in the modern age. Learning what DRM really means, why DVDs won't play outside of the country of origin, and ways to avoid corporation's greedy money grabs (placing more of my money directly into content creator's hands) has made me a more informed and savvy consumer. Listening to this through feels like sticking it to those big companies who employ these various underhanded tactics to take dollars from the creators. Highly recommend listening to this if you want a succinct, easy to understand guide to this digital world we live in, plus speculation for the future. Wil Wheaton's narration is just the cherry on top.”

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In sharply argued, fast-moving chapters, Cory Doctorow’s Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free takes on the state of copyright and creative success in the digital age. Can small artists still thrive in the Internet era? Can giant record labels avoid alienating their audiences? This is a book about the pitfalls and the opportunities that creative industries (and individuals) are confronting today — about how the old models have failed or found new footing, and about what might soon replace them.

An essential listen for anyone with a stake in the future of the arts, Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free offers a vivid guide to the ways creativity and the Internet interact today, and to what might be coming next.

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“Cory Doctorow has been thinking longer and smarter than anyone else I know about how we create and exchange value in a digital age.”

Douglas Rushkoff, author of Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus

“Filled with wisdom and thought experiments and things that will mess with your mind.”

Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods



People actually like supporting the artists whose work they like. It makes them feel happy. You don’t have to force them. And if you force them, they don’t feel as good.
Complaining about the universe’s unfairness is never part of a successful strategy.
Digital locks are roach motels: copyrighted works check in, but they don’t check out. Creators and investors lose control of their business—they become commodity suppliers for a distribution channel that calls all the shots. Anti-circumvention isn’t copyright protection: it’s middleman protection.
Content isn’t king. Conversation is.

About the author

Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist, and blogger, as well as the coeditor of Boing Boing and the author of young adult novels like Homeland, Pirate Cinema, and Little Brother, and novels for adults including Rapture of the Nerds and Makers. The former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and cofounder of the U.K. Open Rights Group, he lives in London.


“Information Doesn't Want to Be Free is the most entertaining and informational book on copyright law you'll ever read.”

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“Doctorow has spoken and written on these issues many times before but never quite so persuasively. Required reading for creators making their ways through the new world.”

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