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Pirate Cinema

by Cory Doctorow - £7.99  Titan Books Ltd (2013)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781781167465 | ISBN 10: 178116746x

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 more illegal than ever; the punishment for being caught three times is that your entire householdís 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 and shattered, Trent runs away to London, where he slowly he learns the ways of staying alive on the streets. This brings him in touch with a demimonde of artists and activists who are trying to fight a new bill that will criminalize even more harmless internet creativity, making felons of millions of British citizens at a stroke.
 
Things look bad. Parliament is in power of a few wealthy media conglomerates. But the powers-that-be havenít entirely reckoned with the power of a gripping movie to change peopleís minds...

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