My talk on copyright, ebooks and libraries for the Library of Congress

Last fall, while on the Pirate Cinema tour, I stopped in at the Library of Congress to give a talk called "A Digital Shift: Libraries, Ebooks and Beyond," which was an amazing treat. The LoC people were delightful and the building and its collections were outstanding. Now, they've put the video online!

A Digital Shift: Libraries, Ebooks and Beyond


  1. It was a pleasure to see while hearing Mr. Doctorow speaking. The phrase “The burning of the libraries at Alexandria” repeatedly ran through my mind. The victors rewrite history. It was an unexpected twist he redefined what piracy actually is in such a clever way. Hopefully not in a way that becomes lost in the Digitotalitarianism that seems to be upon us like a rabid 7-headed Orwellian corporate beast.

  2. A wonderful talk – wish I was there to applaud in person.  Very powerful to hear it vs. reading it.
    Also, where’s the water drinking supercut?

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