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Gr 9 Up-Trent McCauley, 16, makes films. The problem is that his films are composed of bits and pieces of other copyrighted material. He's a thief of intellectual property and in this near-future Great Britain, the consequences for this sort of action are severe. He leaves home for London after his online piracy has caused his entire family to lose their vital Internet connection for a year. He soon meets Jem, who shows him the ropes of being homeless, and in no time they are sharing a posh flop with Trent's new mates. Back online, he makes films that are a smash hit on the underground scene where he rechristens himself "Cecil B. DeVil." He falls in love with beautiful and brilliant 26, who opens his eyes to the political ramifications of his filmmaking. Soon Cecil and his entire crew are in a political and artistic fight to dismantle legislation criminalizing their type of creativity, legislation written by film studios and passed by the studios' Parliament lackeys. This amazing book combines young love, terrific humor, great British slang, and crazy parties with astute commentary on intellectual property and emerging modes of creativity. Doctorow's characters are well-defined individuals, all with some facet, quirk, or activity to give them color. Language-arts and civics teachers could co-teach the heck out of this novel, and debaters will find a goldmine of monologues. It's funny, thought-provoking, and glorious.-Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Teen; First Edition edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780765329080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765329080
  • ASIN: 0765329085
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.3 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,112,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This started as a very entertaining book, well-written for (I assume) the young adult market. The theme was very clearly about copyright issues on the Internet. Very interesting and topical. And made some excellent points in a compelling way. I liked the politicisation of the lead character and the range of issues and struggles he had to manage. Also the discussions about art, and what creativity is.
However, around (just over?) half way through, the book became a repetitive one-sided treatise against internet copyright restriction, and every single character seems to give exactly the same speech over and over again. Not subtle; not nuanced; not in any way enlightening - let alone entertaining. Tediously boring, in fact. Which is such a pity, because the first half of the book is particularly enjoyable.
It's very rare indeed for me to abandon a book before its end, not matter how bad it is. But this one has indeed been exceptional.
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I'm a big fan of Doctorow and really like how he's done YA work - such as Little Brother - that doesn't talk down to its audience (& as a result makes good reading for not not-Y A's out there). But this is just a bit leaden, with characters too often suddenly regurgitating the author's essay work on topics like Trusted Computing and copyright law. Suddenly the novel seems to have turned into a public service announcement for a while.

So this is a bit disappointing, largely because of the high expectations set by Doctorow's much more deftly-executed work around some of these same themes.
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I am about 95% aligned with Doctorow's beliefs on copyright. This book, however, is so unsubtle a polemic that anyone, including Doctorow, should find it embarrassing to the "cause".

Characters break into long dogmatic monologues at the drop of a hat, dialogue that comes across as artificial as the faux-dialogue in student educational films.

The characters manifest skills in gourmet cooking and construction rehabilitation that are incredibly rare amongst the populace and quickly demonstrate said skills at genius levels that normally take a lifetime of work to develop.

The trash becomes a very obvious deux ex machina that drops absolutely anything the characters need into their hands as easily as the Enterprise's synthesizer. (I'm surprised they didn't just nick a few pallets of gold that the Royal Treasury was throwing out for being scratched.)

The subject matter is treated only with jagged strokes of black and white. The antagonists are portrayed as so evil that I'm surprised their lawyer wasn't twirling a Simon Legree mustache between two fingers. There's no character who examines or argues the opposite viewpoint in any sort of reasonable way.

And as his story universe's God, on multiple occasions, Doctorow allows remarkable but unrealistic coincidences to perfectly fall into place as needed (such as the hobby of the protagonist's movie star idol).

One might argue that some of these are permissible when writing for young adults, but pre-teens and teenagers are sophisticated enough to both notice and have problems with each of these issues. Read anything from Diane Duane's Young Wizardry series if you think the label of `young adult' excuses these sort of problems.
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Great dive into current/future issues concerning internet privacy, creative property rights and the overreach of corporations into our lives, not unlike Little Brother set in near future London, with major Hollywood studios cast in the role of Dick Cheney.

Having been in Leicester Square for the debut of the Harry Potter film The Half-Blood Prince, I can tell you that Doctorow's description of the spectacle there is good, though I don't think he's really brought home the glitzy insanity that is the studios whoring their products by enticing young teens to squeal for the cameras and the explosive decompression as a downpour dispersed them to the nearest tube station.

Once again, Doctorow has given us sexually active teens, which prevents Hollywood from developing this as a film project, due to America's, puritan prudery, which still hasn't grasped that their high moral codes can't stop young teens from experimenting. Not that Hollywood would want to produce a film that calls them to task for their efforts to manacle the creative spirit of the mash-up artists.

Just saw an article about a fellow who's faithfully remastered Star Wars into better digital definition than the copyright holders have ever offered for sale and because he wasn't authorized to make this labor of love, downloading it is illegal. This is exactly, thought not specifically, what Doctorow is writing about. Hollywood is incapable of understanding the fan universe and its desire to create content that keeps their love for their favorite stars, films, music and programs alive. In their headlong pursuit of stockholder profit increases via civil and criminal litigation, studios are shooting the messenger.
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Saturday, June 01, 2013 3:33 PM.

I've been enjoying the works of Cory Doctorow since "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom". I always have to remind myself that he's British--he seems to know the voice of Americans as well as his own. I have very recently read his "Rapture of the Nerds", which is wild and crazy in the way only well-rendered `mad-cap' sci-fi can be. I unreservedly encourage anyone who reads sci-fi to add his name to your shopping list.

Okay, so, I'm reading Cory Doctorow's "Pirate Cinema"--part near-future social sci-fi tale and part remonstrance against one particular bit of Corporate Inhumanity--the copyright laws that target anyone using downloads of Big Studio movies, music, and graphics to create something new, a `smash-up', if you will, which is a creative process, itself, as much or more than it is a criminal plagiarism.

I see where he's going; he makes a great (call that `iron-clad') case for his argument--but I've always been a `big picture' guy--the copyright infringement legislation that Mr. Doctorow is so bothered by is shameful, but it is also just one, single symptom in Corporate Inhumanity's attack upon the humanities, individual rights, and even our safety.

Monsanto is leading the fight to take control of the agricultural industry and trade concern with voters for concern with one corporation's bottom line. Financial institutions have carried on in the same way, unchanged since they threw the working-people-of-the-world into bankruptcies, repossessions, declining wages, less entitlements, bankrupt state and local governments, blasted education budgets and zero job opportunities--back in 2007.
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