Copyfraud on the rise: new book by Jason Mazzone

I didn’t know our readers had an interest in intellectual property issues until Justin’s post on the Quisitive app for iPhone blew up, drawing comments from lawyers and app developers alike here on the site, on Mario’s radio show, and on our social media channels. It turns out that while legal issues are often difficult to unpack and make sense of, all of you Small Biz Go Mobilers out there are interested in staying on top of cool new developments in the IP world.

First, a full disclosure—although I’ve never met law professor and legal scholar Jason Mazzone in person, I did build the website for his new book, Copyfraud and Other Abuses of Intellectual Property Law which hits stores today. That I built a website around a complex topic for a client I’ve never met speaks more to our ability to get things done in an increasingly connected, digital, mobile world than most anything else on this site. That Mazzone’s book breaks down tech-relevant legal issues like publishers falsely claiming copyright on books in the public domain in a way that a layperson like me can understand is just as amazing.

Copyfraud, a term that Mazzone coined, refers to overreaching claims of copyright by publishers, producers, and artists. The book covers a wide variety of topics, from comics being sued for including depictions of Barbie dolls to electronic book and music distributors taking away the rights of consumers and distorting the concept of ownership with draconian digital rights management schemes. Mazzone’s book should prove to be an essential tome for anyone looking increase their understanding of copyright and intellectual property in these wild times where legally questionable digital content proliferates without oversight.

With luminaries like Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales calling it a “must read for anyone who cares about the future of creativity” and legendary musician George Clinton commanding musicians and songwriters to “read this book to avoid becoming yet another victim” of copyfraud, Jason Mazzone’s book is not to be missed. You can buy the Copyfraud book on his website, read Mazzone’s blog where he breaks down current copyfraud cases, and read the preface to the book online today.