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The end of ownership : personal property in the digital economy

Author: Aaron Perzanowski; Jason M Schultz
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2016]
Series: Information society series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"If you buy a book at the bookstore, you own it. You can take it home, scribble in the margins, put in on the shelf, lend it to a friend, sell it at a garage sale. But is the same thing true for the ebooks or other digital goods you buy? Retailers and copyright holders argue that you don't own those purchases, you merely license them. That means your ebook vendor can delete the book from your device without warning  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Aaron Perzanowski; Jason M Schultz
ISBN: 9780262035019 0262035014
OCLC Number: 945169973
Awards: Winner of Honorable Mention, 2017 PROSE Awards, Law and Legal Studies 2017
Description: 249 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Property and the exhaustion principle --
Copies, clouds and streams --
Ownership and the fine print --
The "buy now" lie --
The promise and perils of digital libraries --
DRM and the secret war inside your devices --
The internet of things you don't own --
Patents and the ordinary pursuits of life --
Ownership's uncertain future.
Series Title: Information society series.
Responsibility: Aaron Perzanowski and Jason Schultz.

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An argument for retaining the notion of personal property in the products we "buy" in the digital marketplace.  Read more...

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