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"This is a book that needed to be written and Sinnreich is the perfect author for it. There are critiques and histories of piracy, and there is at least one state of the music industry book, but this book makes a very different case by critically interrogating the rhetoric and effects of both piracy and anti-piracy efforts."―Nancy Baym, author of Personal Connections in the Digital Age

"Sinnreich provides a sophisticated economic and political analysis of the evolution of the anti-piracy agenda, identifies major stakeholders, and does so with brisk and reader-friendly prose."―Patricia Aufderheide, coauthor of Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright

"A fascinating takedown of the corporate anti-music-piracy movement, packed with history, interviews, and great pop-cultural references, from REAL pirates (the swashbuckling kind) to Harry Smith to 'The Pink Panther Returns' to Amanda Palmer. My favorite phrase is 'cyborgian sexual innuendos.'"―Steve Knopper, author of Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Business in the Digital Age, and Rolling Stone contributing editor

"A fascinating takedown of the corporate anti-music-piracy movement, packed with history, interviews and great pop-cultural references, from REAL pirates (the swashbuckling kind) to Harry Smith to 'The Pink Panther Returns' to Amanda Palmer. My favorite phrase is 'cyborgian sexual innuendos.'"―Steve Knopper, author, Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Business in the Digital Age, Rolling Stone contributing editor







"This is a book that needed to be written and Sinnreich is the perfect author for it. There are critiques and histories of piracy, and there is at least one state of the music industry book, but this book makes a very different case by critically interrogating the rhetoric and effects of both piracy and anti-piracy efforts."―Nancy Baym, author of Personal Connections in the Digital Age



"Sinnreich provides a sophisticated economic and political analysis of the evolution of the anti-piracy agenda, identifies major stakeholders, and does so with brisk and reader-friendly prose."―Patricia Aufderheide, coauthor of Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright

"Sinnreich has collected disparate sources and considerable empirical evidence between two covers thus providing a good primer on music piracy and anti-piracy efforts. . . . a valuable addition to the study of digital piracy distinguished by a focus on the music industry's anti-piracy efforts."―Information, Communication, & Society

About the Author

Aram Sinnreich is assistant professor of journalism and media studies, Rutgers University, and author of Mashed Up: Music, Technology, and the Rise of Configurable Culture (University of Massachusetts Press, 2010). https://www.facebook.com/piracycrusade

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  • Series: Science/Technology/Culture
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press (December 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1625340516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1625340511
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,147,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Z. Shaw on July 19, 2014
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In The Piracy Crusade: How the Music Industry’s War on Sharing Destroys Markets and Erodes Civil Liberties, Rutgers University professor Aram Sinnreich makes the case for music being more than just entertainment packaged to be sold:

“Music and the marketplace haven’t always been so deeply intertwined; in the scope of human history, it’s a relatively new development… scholars such as Oliver Sacks and Daniel Levitin have argued that music is one of the most complex and comprehensive aspects of human consciousness, and that music not only was central to human evolution but remains vital to our cognitive and social processes from infant development to the treatment of age-related dementia. In short, music isn’t just something we manufacture, like cars and shoes; it’s something that shaped us as a species, and continues to shape each of us as individuals through our lives.”

It’s this consideration of music beyond mere entertainment product that permeates The Piracy Crusade and makes it an important read for anyone who takes music seriously.

After brief but illuminating history lessons on the origins of piracy, Sinnreich gets right into the post-Napster era and examines what exactly caused the implosion of the record business. Were pirates to blame? Or were they a convenient scapegoat for the failings of the industry itself?

To anyone who has studied the digital collapse of the industry, it’s clear that so-called “piracy” has and always will exist, and dozens of studies have proved these “pirates” are super-consumers of music, and pay far more on average for it than the average consumer.

In fact, there are so many books written about the digital music debacle, one might be skeptical that Sinnreich can shed any more light on the situation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Masha Zager on February 27, 2014
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I've always been baffled how "everyone knows" that file sharing is harmful when virtually every reputable study shows the opposite. About time that someone put all the facts together and presented a case based on the evidence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ray on February 27, 2014
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This is a landmark book. It puts into perspective, like nothing else I've seen, the massive distortion of (a) law and (b) justice that is being perpetrated by the content cartels which represent dying industries. This explains how much of what we think we know about copyright is actually mythology that has been created, packaged, and injected by the content industry, especially the record industry, into our mainstream discussions.

And it explains how everyone is represented in crafting the copyright laws and treaties, and has a seat at the table, except for (a) the people, and (b) the creators. I.e., except for all of us.

If you value our freedom, if you love music, if you value the right of yourself and others to create new music.... you need to read this book and you need to help spread Aram Sinnreich's clear message around the country and around the world.
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