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  • Title: Pirate Cinema
  • Author: Cory Doctorow
  • ISBN: 9780765329080
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Trent McCauley is sixteen, brilliant, and obsessed with one thing making movies on his computer by reassembling footage from popular films he downloads from the net In near future Britain, this is illegal than ever The punishment for being caught three times is to cut off your entire household from the internet for a year no work, school, health or money benefitsTrent McCauley is sixteen, brilliant, and obsessed with one thing making movies on his computer by reassembling footage from popular films he downloads from the net In near future Britain, this is illegal than ever The punishment for being caught three times is to cut off your entire household from the internet for a year no work, school, health or money benefits.Trent thinks he is too clever for that to happen, but it does, and nearly destroys his family Shamed and shattered, Trent runs away to London, where slowly he learns the ways of staying alive on the streets He joins artists and activists fighting a new bill that will jail too many, especially minors, at one stroke Jem introduces him to the Jammie Dodgers, beautiful brilliant 26 to love and cemetery parties.Things look bad Parliament is in power of a few wealthy media conglomerates But the powers that be haven t entirely reckoned with the power of a gripping movie to change people s minds
    Pirate Cinema Trent McCauley is sixteen brilliant and obsessed with one thing making movies on his computer by reassembling footage from popular films he downloads from the net In near future Britain this is ill

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    1. Cory Doctorow is good at Extrapolating current trends and creating plausible near futures from them Writing about technical problems in a clear and mostly accurate way Creating page turning stories.He is terrible at Being nuanced Being credible about non tech story elements Avoiding sounding preachy.Typically, with Cory you fight your way through the terrible stuff and the good stuff makes for, if not great literature, a fun read This book, is an exception From page 1 his preachy ness is off the [...]

    2. This is every bit as much a polemic as anything Ayn Rand ever wrote The saving grace, though, is that Doctorow s characters are sympathetic people and Doctorow himself has an actual sense of humor.While I don t agree with all of Cory Doctorow s positions, I do lean sympathetic to them His personal hobbyhorse is the mess that is our current IP system Here, he sets up a strawman of an entertainment industry with even sweeping powers than it currently has, and then sets up his plucky protagonist t [...]

    3. I have to admit, I sometimes read books by Cory Doctorow and wonder why he is not in jail all the time That said, this book details yet another very good reason to consider going to jail it s a discussion of copyright and piracy, coming down obviously very much on the side of the user, rather than the big companies I have lots of love for all the characters of this book, who are delightful and charming in their existence of modeling themselves after Oliver Twist as possibly all British teen crim [...]

    4. Cory Doctorow knocks another one out of the park in Pirate Cinema Here he mixes existing and already frightening laws in England punishing those who download copyrighted music or videos by cutting off the family s Internet access with some that haven t yet come to pass but certainly could I hope this book becomes a wake up call we all have to remember to stand up for what s right and not just complacently go along with new laws because the rich and powerful say so Well done, Doctorow.

    5. I admire Cory Doctorow, but this isn t a novel This is a thin veil over the issues and interests near and dear to his heart freedom to access and use information, creativity not being limited by copyright law, and being aware of limiting legislation.If it is a novel, it is a fantasy novel, not really near future dystopia In a dystopia, the characters would experience a real struggle, and life would suck a little bit In Pirate Cinema, the main character Cecil downloads enough illegal stuff online [...]

    6. I don t really know how to start this review, because this is a very important topic for me It should be an important topic for anyone who loves books Although Pirate Cinema concerns not so exaggerated attempts to stop people from copying and remixing movies, much of the same rhetoric around copyright has been applied to books Libraries pay insanely inflated prices for ebooks because publishers are freaked out that electronic files exist and can be shared And let s not even get started on DRM is [...]

    7. Topical A discussion about fair use and how it relates to art How fanfiction, remixes, commentary, satire feeds into the culture that gave it life, and how the Internet speeds up the whole process Also topical How far can piracy really be classed as theft, is it worth prosecuting, and does protecting copyright give corporations too much power over a network that does not belong to them, and what about otherwise unavailable very rare abandoned media, etc.These are all dense, complex discussions P [...]

    8. Trent McCauley is a teen addicted to illegal downloading and splicing cinema to create remixes of his favourite actors performances into a single short film send up However, the government doesn t get the humour, and suspend his access to the internet which not only causes Trent grief but also proves disastrous for his family Author Cory Doctorow instils the classic David verses Goliath battle of the underdog against the man as Trent leads the charge from a squat in London against the Government [...]

    9. I m a long term Cory Doctorow fan, having loved Makers, Little Brother, For the Win, and Eastern Standard Tribes.Set in the near term future, Pirate Cinema is essentially about the struggle against oppressive copyright laws.In Pirate Cinema, like Little Brother, we have another young adult protagonist and his super smart female love interest and their tribe, who become outraged at government and corporate interests and take action to improve the world.As in other Doctorow novels, we get great, r [...]

    10. I really dig Cory Doctorow He is fighting the good fight on behalf of us all He is one of the few individuals in the world who has the clout to appear in mainstream media in order to talk about copyright issues, a task which would otherwise be left completely in the hands of bigcorp mouthpieces This is why I support his work in every way possible and also why I think this book is a must read if you care about these issues and if you don t, you must be living under a rock.However, his writing lea [...]

    11. I liken Pirate Cinema to Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand Atlas was my favorite book during my childhood because Rand crafted an interesting story whose characters I enjoyed following, however I did not buy into her philosophy and in fact found that the clunky repetition hampered an otherwise interesting tale.Pirate Cinema is the same a good story albeit quite unbelievable man, I want to be a teen who runs away and somehow ends up in a squat without fear of being evicted, surrounded by other homeless [...]

    12. Trent McCauley loves to create movies on his computer using the old footage from old movies which he downloads from the net illegally He was caught doing this three times and his whole family was punished by cutting off their internet access In the near future Britain or was it present world I cannot really tell as nearly everything Cory Doctorow wrote about in this book came into reality already it is impossible to live without internet access His father lost his job for which he had to use int [...]

    13. Trent McCauley is a talented teenager his main hobby, an obsession really, is creating movie clips by downloading, remixing and reassembling footage of his favorite actor Problem is, those movies tend to be copyrighted, which means Trent s innocuous pastime involves breaking the law on an ongoing basis All of this goes well, until it suddenly doesn t there s a knock on the door, and a policeman informs the McCauley family that, because of repeated copyright infringements, their internet access [...]

    14. Pirate Cinema is one of those books that is pretty much impossible to put down I spent 3 sleepless nights reading through this, after purchasing it through the Humble eBook Bundle, and I can easily say that it was worth the tired feeling I had the following days.Set in the not too distant future, this book is exciting, thought provoking, and becomes a sort of call to arms for our generation and our children s generation.It s rare for me to find a book nowadays which gives me that feeling of I ca [...]

    15. This is just the latest in the chain of Doctorow s FOSS proselytizing works, with a pinch of teenage angst and a tick all the checkboxes attitude to writing fiction.I only read this book because I had it from the Humble Ebook Bundle and needed something to read on the tube That said, it s repetitive, goes into preaching mode way too often and overall is highly and I mean HIGHLY predictable No twist, no real character development or characterization at all for that matter , and sitcom like carica [...]

    16. rantingdragon review oCory Doctorow is almost as well known for his blog and internet activism as he is for his speculative fiction So it s no surprise that he combines the two in his latest release for youth audiences, Pirate Cinema.Sixteen year old Trent McCauley loves creating illegal films by editing together clips from other people s work Unfortunately for him, in his near future Great Britain the penalties for illegal downloading are harsh When his entire family is cut off from the net and [...]

    17. I was very surprised by the ending Actually, I am not sure that my Kindle is not malfunctioning.Just to be sure, I just double checked before writing this review I finished reading yesterday Yes Again, there it is All rights reserved So Doctorow writes a whole book about the evil Hollywood fat cats buying draconian copyright laws from Parliament And then he reserves all his rights.What s next Auctioning off the movie rights Might make for a fun opening night, if they really have suitable sewers [...]

    18. I m a little on the fence about Pirate Cinema On one hand, it s an entertaining, solid read with some fun if not terribly complex characters and a political stance on copyright I agree with completely On the other, there are moments where the novel veneer grows a bit thin and you can almost see the characters turning to the reader to deliver their Important Message The number of lengthy and eloquent speeches about copyright spike near the end, and the big media corporations have no voice or char [...]

    19. Description Trent McCauley is sixteen, brilliant, and obsessed with one thing making movies on his computer by reassembling footage from popular films he downloads from the net In the dystopian near future Britain where Trent is growing up, this is illegal than ever the punishment for being caught three times is that your entire household s access to the internet is cut off for a year, with no appeal.Trent s too clever for that too happen Except it does, and it nearly destroys his family Shamed [...]

    20. This was the preachiest book I ve read in a long time, and really took away from a decent story There was no subtlety whatsoever in any of the impassioned speeches the main characters make about copyright policiesI like Doctorow, and agree with some of his philosophical and political beliefs about technology, capitalism, and the world in general.Perhaps it s because I already know and agree with his stances that this book seems like little than an excuse to thinly wrap a plot around political b [...]

    21. Sheesh, I meant to write a review of this ages ago and completely forgot.OK, here goes.Pirate Cinema is a coming of age story within a not too distant future dystopia in which corporations have succeeded in controlling technology and the media Trent McCauley is a young teen who is obsessed with creating his own films He uses illegal content scoured from various pirate sites to patch together his own little films When the law catches up with him, he and his family are banned from the internet for [...]

    22. If it s just theft, then why do they need to get their laws passed in the dead of the night, without debate or discussion 26 in Pirate CinemaThere s something than a little bit After School Special ish about Pirate Cinema, I m afraid Well, let s say half After School Special and half Steal This Book With maybe a little of some sunny Oliver ish can do musical extravaganza thrown in here and there Which is to say that in a lot of ways, the didactic agenda of this novel gets noticeably in the way [...]

    23. There s a great story in there Not just a good one, a great one so I want to give this book stars, I really do, but I feel like someone has to say this Cory Doctorow needs a firmer hand when it comes to editing I expect editors must rather be afraid of him, assuming they ll be charged with censorship, but I hope someone eventually makes a stab at this because it would make a real difference for him and his books.Pirate Cinema takes a page from the same book as Little Brother by following the ad [...]

    24. Welcome in near future London, the city ridden with CCTVs and obnoxious copyright protection laws, where you can get your internet access revoked because of downloading of movies Young hero Trent likes to create hommages from the movies by Scot Colford, his beloved actor, and through this he gets his family s internet access banned,thus ruining the future of the whole family Feeling shamed, he runs to London, where his new career as a clever beggar, a squatter, an alternative filmmaker, and a po [...]

    25. Cory Doctorow Awesome.Technology Complicated.Being a Teenager Always Plot worthy.For a novel that is on it s surface about a teenage boy obsessed with making video mashups of clips starring a fictional movie star, it spends most of it s time on other things Many other things Because life isn t all about one thing, even when you are obsessed.While checking to see who the fictional movie star was named after because I just knew it had to be someone Cory Doctorow thought was worth idolizing I accid [...]

    26. Doctorow is known for using his books as a soapbox for causes he believes in Pirate Cinema is no different However, be they soapboxes, they are always fun and they are generally causes that I agree with Pirate Cinema deals with the very real threats to our internet freedoms from the big entertainment conglomerates We have seen it this past year in bills such as SOPA, PIPA and ACTA Trent, the main character, is a teenager that loves to download old movies and edit and combine them into interestin [...]

    27. This is, simply put, a cracking good book Even better, it s good on multiple levels I really have to look at it in two parts as a piece of literature, and as a manifesto of sorts, or at the very least expressive of a certain ideology.The writing style feels like an odd mix of young adult and cyberpunk It s related in a casual, first person sort of way, like a story someone might tell in the pub On the other hand, it s also brimming with an enthusiasm for technology that s infectious, from both t [...]

    28. I absolutely loved this book, every bit as much as Little Brother, the last Doctorow novel I read I realize the basic premise is a bit implausible, since in reality a teenager who ran away to become homeless on the streets of London or any other big city would be likely to fall in with a gang of drug dealers or human traffickers than a merry band of copyright reform activists And yes the book was preachy to the max, but considering I am just as much a copyright obsessed nerd as any of the chara [...]

    29. Is there a thirteen year old in your life If there is, this is their Christmas present Maybe their birthday Maybe, just maybe, this is one of those books that you don t give to them at all Maybe it s one you toss down on the sofa in angry disgust, while exclaiming, I can t believe they publish this crap It actually teaches kids how to think like pirates Then maybe you walk away and make a sandwich or something and never quite get around to inquiring after the book.Because this is the kind of sub [...]

    30. The book takes place in a near future London only the tiniest bit dystopian than what we have now, and it s about a young runaway who finds camaraderie, love, dumpster diving, and meaningful ways to apply his talents to direct action social change.Cory Doctorow has an amazing talent for making socially useful fiction And in this case, he s written an immersive book that shows quite clearly the ways that legal and illegal activism work hand in hand Of course, I personally found the direct action [...]

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