Imperialism, Ecology, and the Origins of the Anti-Copyright Movement in the 19th Century

John Coffin Memorial Lecture in the History of the Book
‘Imperialism, Ecology, and the Origins of the Anti-Copyright

Recently published: Death of a pirate: British Broadcasting and the Origins of the Information Age (New York: W.W. Norton, 2010). The book focuses on a shooting in 1960s Britain that brought to a head the challenge of pirate radio stations to the public broadcasting monopoly held by the BBC. From this starting-point it expands to address the politics of broadcasting, culture, and public authority that lay behind the incident. It also outlines the role of pirate media in the emergence of neoliberalism, with connections to today’s digital culture.

Author: 
School of Advanced Study, University of London
Speaker(s): 
Adrian Johns (University of Chicago; Chair, Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science)
Event date: 
Tuesday, 28 June 2011 - 1:00am
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