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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; Reprint edition (September 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262513196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262513197
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,280,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Gillespie has boldly attempted a broad and deep analysis of copyright that integrates cultural, historical, legal, social, political, and technological perspectives--and he succeeds. This is an unusual, excellent, vitally important, and urgently needed book."--Kirsten Foot, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, University of Washington



"A sophisticated accounting of several key developments and the ways in which these developments have impacted our ability to use digital cultural products." Debra Halbert Law and Politics Book Review



" Wired Shut is an important book, essential for those who care about the future of digital technologies and information flows. The societal implications of digital rights management technologies have never been explored this deeply or comprehensively. DRM technologies are neither technological nor economic imperatives, and Gillespie shows that their social costs are avoidable. Bravo!" Pamela Samuelson , Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law & Information, University of California, Berkeley



"*Wired Shut* is an important book, essential for those who care about the future of digital technologies and information flows. The societal implications of digital rights management technologies have never been explored this deeply or comprehensively. DRM technologies are neither technological nor economic imperatives, and Gillespie shows that their social costs are avoidable. Bravo!"--Pamela Samuelson, Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law & Information, University of California, Berkeley

About the Author

Tarleton Gillespie is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Cornell University and the author of Wired Shut: Copyright and the Shape of Digital Culture (MIT Press).

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Tarleton Gillespie is an associate professor at Cornell University, in the Department of Communication and the Department of Information Science. His current research examines the sociological implications of online media platforms and their search algorithms, particularly for how they shape the contours of public expression and knowledge. He is the co-editor of Media Technologies: Essays on Communication, Materiality, and Society (MIT Press, 2014) and the author of Wired Shut: Copyright and the Shape of Digital Culture (MIT Press, 2007).

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeff M. Brown on March 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Author Tarleton Gillespie examines digital developments in the cultural realm bordered by United States copyright law, the content and technology industries, and the marketplace.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Berglund Center for Internet Studies on April 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
At first glance, this work will inevitably be taken as a highly technical discussion of what may be simultaneously both the most critical and the most boring issue relating to the impact of the Internet: copyright law. However, Dr, Gillespie, an Assistant Professor of Communications at Cornell University, utilizes the topic to markedly enhance the reader's understanding of a wide variety of topics relating to culture in general, and to digital culture in particular.

The work is also a very welcome one in that the author convincingly shows that the current debate over digital rights, particularly as reflected in long-running discussions of music and piracy, has been very ably shaped and controlled by but one side in the debate, at least at the public level. After reading Wired Shut, any reader is going to be a much wiser consumer of information bearing upon public and legal debates over copyright law, and particularly over the technical fixes, such as digital rights management software and hardware so often said to be the solution to the "problem of piracy.

For a full review see Interface, Volume 8, Issue 2.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By doomsdayer520 HALL OF FAME on September 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Here Tarleton Gillespie has created the most comprehensive book-length treatment of a topic that is gaining the notice of more and more researchers in intellectual property and technology law. The digital information revolution has made it easier to trade and share cultural items, with the potential to weaken the financial and political grip of the culture industries. While those industries fought back against Napster and similar technologies by claiming that the copyright protections of starving artists were being trashed, here Gillespie shows yet again that in the modern legal and political environment, copyright law has been mutated into a tool for maintaining corporate profitability. Meanwhile, as they complain about unfair public use of digital technology, the culture industries have used that same technology to lock in profits and social controls that are far beyond what copyright law allows.

Gillespie tackles this unwieldy yet crucial subject with a strong backdrop of theories of society and technology, as well as intellectual property law. He finds that the corporate lockdown of culture has been achieved not by transparent and reviewable changes in the law and the legislative process, but by technological design that cannot be countered by consumers. Not only is this process undemocratic, it also does not bode well for culture unless creative people choose to remove themselves from market forces (actually anti-market politics) over which they have less and less input.

The only real problem with this book is not the strength of the argument, but readability.
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