"I highly recommend this long-awaited and important book."--Lawrence B. Solum, Legal Theory Blog"A reasoned, calm manifesto for reform; the trouble is that it's easier for the little guy to pay a ransom than to fight in court. A must-read for all content creators."--Library Journal
"Jason Mazzone's Copyfraud and Other Abuses of Intellectual Property Law adds a strong voice to the chorus of those who argue on behalf of the public . . . Copyfraud arguably presents the most lucid, extensively detailed description of this phenomenon to date and Mazzone may well be the first to offer a clear typology of the various abuses falling under this rubric."—Jacyn Selby, International Journal of Communication
"Yo, this engaging book isn't afraid to expose some of the music industry's most widespread 'dirty little secrets.' Although the Copyright System has its roots in the U.S. Constitution and is designed to promote and reward creativity on an 'honor' system, the Copyright Laws themselves have been hijacked and exploited by less than honorable people. If you are a musician or songwriter, read this book to avoid becoming yet another victim."—George Clinton
"Jason Mazzone powerfully crystallizes a set of digital copyright problems not focused on infringement by the public, but rather overreaching by copyright holders. He makes a crucial contribution to a framework for shoring up the governance of bits in the digital age: the formidable powers of intellectual property should be matched by proper policing of its boundaries."—Jonathan Zittrain, Harvard University, author of The Future of the Internet—And How to Stop It
"Jason Mazzone masterfully shows the astonishing ways in which content industries misuse their intellectual property rights—and how to rein them in. This book will transform debates about balancing private property with public access to information in the digital age. A must read for anyone who cares about the future of creativity."—Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia
About the Author
Jason Mazzone has taught intellectual property law and constitutional law at Brooklyn Law School since 2003; he is the youngest faculty member in the school's history to hold an endowed chair. A renowned legal scholar, Mazzone has written about legal issues for the New York Times and other national newspapers, and he is a regular media commentator and a blogger at the popular legal blog, Balkinization. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University, a master's degree from Stanford University, and a master's and doctorate from Yale University. Before entering academia, he was a law clerk to two federal judges and he practiced intellectual property law in New York City.