Magazine September 21, 2009, Issue

In Defense of The Book

(Roman Genn)
A reply to the critics of Digital Barbarism

Two years ago, in complete innocence that I was parachuting into a holy war, I wrote for the New York Times an op-ed piece addressing disparities in the treatment of copyrighted versus other forms of property. This then generated, courtesy of verbally ferocious youths offended by resistance to their imagined entitlements, three-quarters of a million Internet hissy fits, many written at a beastly level, and others, even if only patronizing, displaying an inability to comprehend the English language, not to mention the least of its subtleties.

Because corporate defenders of intellectual property think they need only protect established law, they sit

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