July 25, 2014
A scholar on piracy gave his book away, and boosted his sales.
The great “intellectual piracy” debate is generally conducted without data, but a recent example provides an intriguing case study. Communication scholar Aram Sinnreich writes about piracy and copyright. His latest book, The Piracy Crusade, argues that the music business’ fight against downloaders has been bad for business and for creative expression.
And he practiced what he preached. He made chapters of the book available for comment as he was writing it, and got his publisher, University of Massachusetts Press, to make it available under a Creative Commons license.