Aliens v. The RIAA! Win An Early Release Copy Of Year Zero, Techdirt's July Book Club Offering
from the join-in-the-fun dept
Okay, I know it was just two days ago that we announced the Techdirt Book Club book for June (and, a reminder that tomorrow at 1pm PT/4pm ET, we’ll be holding a Q&A with Patricia Aufderheide for the Techdirt Book Club book for May), but today we’re “pre-announcing” the Techdirt Book Club book for July. And that’s because if you want to get a free hard copy of the book, you can enter a giveaway starting today. You may remember, a few months back, Rob Reid (founder of Listen.com, among other things) got plenty of attention for his rather humorous talk about copyright math. And, earlier this week, we wrote about his op-ed for the WSJ concerning ways to compete with “free.”
But none of that compares to Year Zero, Reid’s new novel, which is being released on July 10th. It’s all about aliens who go bankrupt after they realize they owe the record labels more money than exists in the universe, because they got hooked on our music, and shared that music with other aliens. Rob has released a video trailer as a teaser for the book, which is quite amusing:
I’ve had a chance to read the book, and I can say that it’s awesome. Think Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, but with copyright law driving a major plot line. A mainstream humorous sci-fi novel that uses the Berne Convention as a key plot point and tosses aside casual references to Larry Lessig and Fark? Yes. Count me in. And, unlike most novels that bring up copyright, this one gets the legal issues mostly right (there is one point where trademark and copyright get confused, but it’s so minor, you’ll let it slip).
Anyway, as we said, this will be the Book Club book for July, and we’ll be doing some fun things with Rob to have him engage with everyone here—but, if you’re lucky, there’s a chance for you to get a physical copy of the book delivered a month before it’s actually released. Rob has the details on his blog, but basically you have to let him know (via a comment on his blog, a tweet or a Facebook comment) what song you’d like to beam to the aliens. Thirty winners — ten from the comments, ten from Twitter and ten from Facebook (though you can enter all three) — will be chosen at random to get books. So, go ahead and beam some songs to aliens. And just hope the RIAA doesn’t claim that you’re “inducing” infringement by doing so…