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Downloading Copyrighted Stuff From the Internet

Stealing or Fair Use?

Series: Issues in Focus Today

By Sherri Mabry Gordon

At the click of a mouse, computer-savvy people can download all kinds of material—songs, movies, games, and software—from the Internet. But if what they’re downloading is copyrighted, its use can be against the law. Author Sherri Mabry Gordon explains how file-sharing works as well as what’s fair and what’s not.

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Reviews

". . . a very useful volume for students doing research papers, or those principled individuals who just want to make sure that they don’t do anything for which they may be prosecuted."

Highlands Regional Library Cooperative, December 2005

"A timely, unbiased look . . . this book would be worthwhile reading for students, parents, and teachers to gain a better understanding of new technologies and the concerns of the copyright holders."

Erie 2–Chautauqua–Cattaraugus Board of Cooperative Educational Services

". . . useful resources . . . All of these topics are dealt with in a factual, unbiased manner . . ."

Library Materials Guide, Fall 2006

". . . a timely look at a very complicated legal and ethical issue . . . students who want to understand both sides of these issues will find it very helpful."

Waco Independent School District

". . . informative book that students will enjoy browsing or using for debate."

Association of Region XI School Libraries

"Clearly written, this is an accessible treatment of a complex topic."

School Library Journal, November 2005

". . . a useful book that may serve youngsters well in terms of informing them not only of the broader underlying issue but also what is right and wrong in terms of their personal behavior."

Children's Literature

"This is an excellent resource for students but adults can also learn from this book! A lot of vital information for students . . ."

San Jose Unified School District, November 2006

"A very balanced discussion of the . . . controversy . . ."

Omaha Public Schools, October 2005

". . . this entry . . . is a good introduction to what is and is not acceptable under current copyright law . . . informative, straightforward text . . . the author offers clear, concise explanations of what constitutes fair use."

Booklist, November 1, 2005

"Both sides of the issue are presented . . . Lots of documentation help to make this accessible book a very useful source on a very timely topic."

Garland Independent School District, November 2005

"Very current data . . ."

Mt. Diablo Unified School District, January 2007

". . . well researched text . . ."

Highlands Regional Library Cooperative, December 2005

". . . one of the most important things it does for teens is discuss what constitutes illegal file sharing and why the crime."

Richardson Independent School District, October 6, 2006

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