Cory Doctorow: Intellectual Pioneer

Cory Doctorow, editor of Boing Boing and science-fiction author, distributed the full text of his first novel Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom freely on the internet: hundreds of thousands of people downloaded it. In total defiance of what any intellectual "property" hysteric would predict must happen under these circumstances, the first dead-tree print-run of the book promptly sold out.

Cory explains here exactly why he did it, and why he's doing the same thing with his second book, Eastern Standard Tribe.

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