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Chokepoint Capitalism by Cory Doctorow and Rebecca Giblin
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Sep 27, 2022 | ISBN 9780807007068

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Praise

“[Giblin and Doctorow] deliver a lucid and damning exposé of how big business captured the culture markets.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Giblin and Doctorow make a convincing case that taking on Big Tech and Big Content—seemingly a lonely and demoralizing endeavor—is, in fact, an opportunity for community.”
The Atlantic

“Provocative . . . What makes this book so refreshing is that it never lets its reader off the hook. The authors remind us, repeatedly, that our ignorance is being weaponised against us. If we don’t understand how big business established its chokehold over us, how will we ever be able to wriggle free of its grip?”
The Guardian

“Nerdy, sharp, radical and readable.”
The Financial Times

“A searing and comprehensive take on the oligopolies that control creative markets, from publishing to music distribution to film distribution.”
Alta

Chokepoint Capitalism is the book we need now. Comprehensive and accessible, stirring and enlightening, it is a roadmap for taking immediate action against the corporate chokepoints that are crushing our creative workers and, increasingly, the rest of the middle class as well.”
The Progressive

Chokepoint Capitalism is a wake-up call. The emphasis it places on the need for a collective response to chokepoint capitalism gives the book its radical edge.”
The Conversation

“Totally readable.”
The Spinoff

“This book is an absolute must-read for anyone who senses that the predominant economic mythology is a lie . . . and who is ready to finally start fixing the problem.”
—David Sirota, writer of Don’t Look Up

Chokepoint Capitalism tells us how the vampires crashed the party and provides protective garlic.”
—Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale

“Searing, essential, and incredibly readable.”
—Adam Conover, comedian and host of The G-Word

“An urgent, profound, and approachable take on what it’s going to take to save our culture. If you care about books, movies, or music, read this book right now. And share a copy with a friend.”
—Seth Godin, author of The Practice

Chokepoint Capitalism is a Why We Fight for a long-overdue uprising.”
—Kaiser Kuo, host and cofounder of The Sinica Podcast

“Giblin and Doctorow persuasively argue that copyright can’t unrig a rigged market—for that, you need worker power, antitrust, and solidarity.”
—Jimmy Wales, cofounder of Wikipedia

“I loved this book. . . . It helps us all see the locks and chains and the ways to chisel through them.”
—Zephyr Teachout, author of Break ’Em Up

“Brilliant and wide-ranging.”
—Lawrence Lessig, Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership, Harvard Law School

“Every creator will find inspiration here.”
—Anil Dash, CEO of Glitch

“Capitalism doesn’t work without competition. Giblin and Doctorow impressively show the extent to which that’s been lost throughout the creative industries, and how this pattern threatens every other worker.”
—Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist

“A tome for the times . . . The revolution will not be spotified!”
—Christopher Coe, artist and cofounder of Awesome Soundwave

Chokepoint Capitalism couples its legal-economic critique with provocative, sometimes utopian, prescriptions for fairly remunerating authors and performers.”
—Jane C. Ginsburg, Morton L. Janklow Professor of Literary and Artistic Property Law, Columbia University School of Law

“If you have ever wondered why the web feels increasingly stale, Chokepoint Capitalism outlines in great detail how it is being denied fresh air.”
—Mat Dryhurst, artist and researcher, NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music

Chokepoint Capitalism is more than a clarion call for a new, necessary form of trustbusting. It’s a grand unified theory of a decades-long, corporate-led hollowing out of creative culture.”
—Andy Greenberg, writer for WIRED and author of Sandworm and Tracers in the Dark

“Not just a fascinating tour of the hidden mechanics of the platform era, from Spotify playlists to Prince’s name change, but a compelling agenda to break Big Tech’s hold.”
—Eli Pariser, author of The Filter Bubble and cofounder of Avaaz

“A masterwork . . . It’s a necessary read for any artist in the entertainment industry.”
—David A. Goodman, writer, executive producer of The Orville, and former president of the WGA West

“An infuriating yet inspiring call to collective action.”
—Douglas Rushkoff, author of Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus and Survival of the Richest

Table Of Contents

PART 1: CULTURE HAS BEEN CAPTURED

CHAPTER 1
Big Business Captured Culture

CHAPTER 2
How Amazon Took Over Books

CHAPTER 3
How News Got Broken

CHAPTER 4
Why Prince Changed His Name

CHAPTER 5
Why Streaming Doesn’t Pay

CHAPTER 6
Why Spotify Wants You to Rely on Playlists

CHAPTER 7
What the US Shares with Rwanda, Iran, and North Korea

CHAPTER 8
How Live Nation Chickenized Live Music

CHAPTER 9
Why Seven Thousand Hollywood Writers Fired Their Agents

CHAPTER 10
Why Fortnite Sued Apple

CHAPTER 11
YouTube: Baking Chokepoints In

PART 2: BRAKING ANTICOMPETITIVE FLYWHEELS

CHAPTER 12
Ideas Lying Around

CHAPTER 13
Transparency Rights

CHAPTER 14
Collective Action

CHAPTER 15
Time Limits on Copyright Contracts

CHAPTER 16
Radical Interoperability

CHAPTER 17
Minimum Wages for Creative Work

CHAPTER 18
Collective Ownership

CHAPTER 19
Uniting Against Chokepoint Capitalism

Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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