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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (96 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Helprin Narrator: David Colacci Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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World-renowned novelist Mark Helprin offers a ringing Jeffersonian defense of private property in the age of digital culture, with its degradation of thought and language, and collectivist bias against the rights of individual creators.

Mark Helprin anticipated that his 2007 New York Times op-ed piece about the extension of the term of copyright would be received quietly, if not altogether overlooked. Within a week, the article had accumulated 750,000 angry comments. He was shocked by the breathtaking sense of entitlement demonstrated by the commenters, and appalled by the breadth, speed, and illogic of their responses.

Helprin realized how drastically different this generation is from those before it. The Creative Commons movement and the copyright abolitionists, like the rest of their generation, were educated with a modern bias toward collaboration, which has led them to denigrate individual efforts and in turn fueled their sense of entitlement to the fruits of other people’s labors. More important, their selfish desire to “stick it” to the greedy corporate interests who control the production and distribution of intellectual property undermines not just the possibility of an independent literary culture but threatens the future of civilization itself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Aptly spirited.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “It is the only treatise of its kind…Certainly every aspiring magazine writer needs to peruse it.”

    National Observer

  • “[A] passionate defense of authors’ rights and the power of the individual voice…offered in elegant prose and with a rapier-sharp wit.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeremiah | 11/11/2013

    " I agree with the principles that motivated Mr. Helprin to publish this volume, but I also think that the essays start to ramble and sometimes deviate away from the point. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by B H | 9/17/2013

    " Helprin is my favorite author, but this treatise against the digital was best left as an op ed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by John Gorski | 10/28/2012

    " Excellent! Probably the best piece of modern philosophy I've read recently. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tom | 8/5/2012

    " Funny for those of us who blog and endure bizarre responses. "

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