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Pop Song Piracy shows that this pattern of disobedience, prohibition, and assimilation recurred in each conflict over unauthorized music distribution, from European pirate radio stations to bootlegged live shows. Beneath this pattern, Kernfeld argues, there exists a complex give and take between distribution methods that merely copy existing songs (such as counterfeit CDs) and ones that transform songs into new products (such as file sharing).
Democracy of Sound is the first book to examine music piracy in the United States from the dawn of sound recording to the rise of Napster and online file-sharing. It asks why Americans stopped thinking of copyright as a monopoly - a kind of necessary evil-and came to see intellectual property as sacrosanct and necessary for the prosperity of an "information economy."
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Law professor Lawrence Lessig is the chair of Creative Commons, a nonprofit organization "dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright." Lessig discusses his book, Remix, on NPR.