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The end of ownership : personal property in the digital economy

Aaron Perzanowski author. Jason M. Schultz author. 2016

Available at Walsh College Troy  New Books  (K783.P47 2016 )()

  • Title:
    The end of ownership : personal property in the digital economy
  • Author: Aaron Perzanowski author.
  • Jason M. Schultz author.
  • Subjects: Personal property; Internet -- Law and legislation; Electronic commerce -- Law and legislation; Intellectual property; 86.33 intellectual property; Electronic commerce -- Law and legislation; Intellectual property; Internet -- Law and legislation; Personal property; Besitz Motiv; Wirtschaft; Digitalisierung
  • Description: Property rights and the exhaustion principle -- Copies, clouds and streams -- Ownership and the fine print -- The "buy now" lie -- The promise and perils of digital libraries -- DRM and the secret war inside your devices -- The internet of things you don't own -- Patents and the ordinary pursuits of life -- Ownership's uncertain future.
    "If you buy a book at the bookstore, you own it. You can take it home, scribble in the margins, put in on the shelf, lend it to a friend, sell it at a garage sale. But is the same thing true for the ebooks or other digital goods you buy? Retailers and copyright holders argue that you don't own those purchases, you merely license them. That means your ebook vendor can delete the book from your device without warning or explanation--as Amazon deleted Orwell's 1984 from the Kindles of surprised readers several years ago. These readers thought they owned their copies of 1984. Until, it turned out, they didn't. In The end of ownership, Aaron Perzanowski and Jason Schultz explore how notions of ownership have shifted in the digital marketplace, and make an argument for the benefits of personal property. Of course, ebooks, cloud storage, streaming, and other digital goods offer users convenience and flexibility. But, Perzanowski and Schultz warn, consumers should be aware of the tradeoffs involving user constraints, permanence, and privacy. The rights of private property are clear, but few people manage to read their end user agreements. Perzanowski and Schultz argue that introducing aspects of private property and ownership into the digital marketplace would offer both legal and economic benefits. But, most important, it would affirm our sense of self-direction and autonomy. If we own our purchases, we are free to make whatever lawful use of them we please. Technology need not constrain our freedom; it can also empower us"--Publisher description.
  • Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press
  • Creation Date: 2016
  • Format: 249 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Identifier: ISBN 9780262035019;ISBN 0262035014
  • Source: 01DAL WC ALMA

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