Sunday, May 26, 2013

Cory Doctorow's "Pirate Cinema" (novel, free): Political campaign against a "bad" law

Cover of the novel Pirate Cinema by Cory DoctorowThis is the story of a political campaign in UK to make the parliament repeal a bad law. Point of the story seems to be: the disproportionately high influence a few Hollywood companies seem to have on legal aspects of internet use is very bad for society. Because their side effects have crippling effect on everything we do on the net.

I didn't find it always believable, but it's by & large readable. A penniless runaway kid in London, with a taste for remixing movies, will lead a revolt against 3-strikes law - if you're caught illegally downloading movies up to 3 times, you & your family lose internet connectivity for a year.

Story takes its time to really get started, so you'll need a bit of patience.

Fact sheet.

First published: 2012.
Download full text from author's website.
Rating: B.
Related: Stories of Cory Doctorow.