Book Review: Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free by Cory Doctorow

Information Doesnt Want to Be Free by Cory Doctorow

Are you a creator? Do you use the Internet? Are you alive in the 21st century? If you answered “Yes” to any one of these, run–RUN–to your favorite bookseller or public library and get your hands on Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free by Cory Doctorow. In a short, easy-to-read volume, Cory Doctorow shares his considerable knowledge about how the Internet works to explain the chilling affects that increasingly stringent copyright laws have on our privacy and on creators’ ability to make money and decisions about their work. This book deconstructs all the lies that librarians like me want you to be able to see through about piracy, digital rights management, and why proper payment does not always flow to creators for their work. He spells out the terrible implications of creating a world where perfect copy protection dictates how our devices behave. Thankfully Doctorow doesn’t stop there; he also offers reasonable alternatives that better protect the rights of both creators and the general public. Five stars are not enough to express this book’s importance. I wholeheartedly recommend it. Actually, I’m going to beg you: please read it.

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