2011 Is Piracy Good for Sales?

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Digital copies of books are easy to make and even easier to pass along. As a result, digital piracy has become a significant problem for scholarly publishers. At great time and expense, we struggle to react to violations and create systems to prevent the theft of copyrighted material. But is piracy ever benign? Could it ever be beneficial and if so, what books might benefit? This session takes up a provocative question that challenges the accepted wisdom that piracy is always deleterious.

Chair: Garrett Kiely, Director, University of Chicago Press

Panelists: Jonathan Band, PLLC, author of Interfaces on Trial 2.0 (MIT Press, 2011) and editor of policybandwith.com; Christoph Brem, Vice President of Sales, Attributor Corporation

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