In Pirate Cinema, Trent ends up on the wrong side of strict copyright laws by downloading films to use them in mashup videos. After three warnings (which Trent ignores) his family’s internet access is shut off entirely. His sister can’t attend classes, his father can’t work, and his mother can’t get her medication without the internet. Shamed, Trent runs away and discovers an underground community of artists who use copyrighted material to make illegal art. Together they survive on the street, fight for fairer copyright laws, and plan the greatest illegal film screening London has ever seen.
If you like Cory Doctorow’s blend of fiction with social activism or you enjoy your stories mixed with technology you could do yourself, Pirate Cinema is a book that will make you want to get involved and change the world.
Pair with the excellent video RiP: A Remix Manifesto.