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Cory Doctorow - For the Win

Cory Doctorow - For the Win

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For the Win is Cory Doctorow's latest YA novel. For the Win is an adventure story about kids around the world who work as "gold farmers" (people who do repetitive tasks in games like World of Warcraft to amass virtual fortunes that are sold on to lazier players) who use the video games and other networked systems to organize a global trade union, called the Industrial Workers of the World Wide Web (or "Webblies"). It's a kind of novel-length expansion of the ideas in my short story Anda's Game, and it's full of technical details about economics (classical and behavioral), global politics, the labor movement, and the theory and practice of games.

As with all of his novels, For the Win is a free download, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike. Basically, that means you can give it to your friends or strangers, and make cool new stuff with it (so long as you're not making money from it).
For the Win is Cory Doctorow's latest YA novel. For the Win is an adventure story about kids around the world who work as "gold farmers" (people who do repetitive tasks in games like World of Warcraft to amass virtual fortunes that are sold on to lazier players) who use the video games and other networked systems to organize a global trade union, called the Industrial Workers of the World Wide Web (or "Webblies"). It's a kind of novel-length expansion of the ideas in my short story Anda's Game, and it's full of technical details about economics (classical and behavioral), global politics, the labor movement, and the theory and practice of games.

As with all of his novels, For the Win is a free download, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike. Basically, that means you can give it to your friends or strangers, and make cool new stuff with it (so long as you're not making money from it).

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DOCTOROW/FOR THE WIN/1
For the Win
Cory Doctorow doctorow@craphound.com Last updatd 1! "ay #$1$
READ THIS FIRST
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)ny o th a&o( cond%t%ons can & wa%(d % you 3t my prm%ss%on "or %no hr- http-//crat%(commons.or3/+%cnss/&y*nc*sa/!.$/ , th nd o th%s %+ or th comp+t +3a+s.
INTRODUCTION
 For the Win
 %s my scond youn3 adu+t no(+0 and0 +%' my #$$6 &oo'
 Little Brother 
0 %t %s mant to do mor than t++ a story.
 For the Win
 %s a &oo' a&out conom%cs 4a su&7ct that suddn+y 3ot a +ot mor r+(ant a&out ha+way throu3h th wr%t%n3 o th%s  &oo'0 whn th wor+d8s conomy s+%d uncrmon%ous+y %nto th to%+t and 3ot stuc' thr50 7ust%c0 po+%t%cs0 3ams and +a&or.
 For the Win
 conncts th dots  &twn th way w shop0 th way w or3an%90 and th way w p+ay0 and why som pop+ ar r%ch0 som ar poor0 and how w smd to 3t stuc' thr. I hop that radrs o th%s &oo' w%++ & %nsp%rd to d%3 dpr %nto th su&7cts o :&ha(%ora+ conom%cs: 4and r+atd su&7cts +%' :nuroconom%cs:5 and to start as'%n3 hard ;ust%ons a&out how w nd up w%th th stu w own0 and what %t costs our human &rothrs and s%strs to ma' thos 3oods0 and why w th%n' w nd thm. <ut %t8s a poor po+%t%cs that can on+y prss %ts+ &y choos%n3 to &uy or not &uy somth%n3. ,omt%ms 4otn=50 you nd to or3an%9 to ma' a d%rnc. Th%s %s th 3o+dn a3 o or3an%9%n3. I thr8s on th%n3 th Intrnt8s chan3d or(r0 %t8s th r+at%( d%%cu+ty and cost o 3tt%n3 a &unch o pop+ %n th sam p+ac0 wor'%n3 or th sam 3oa+. That8s not a+ways 3ood 4thu3s0 &u++%s0 rac%sts and +oon%s n(r had %t so 3ood50 &ut %t %s undamnta++y
 game-changing 
. It8s hard to rmm&r 7ust how d%%cu+t th%s or3an%9%n3 stu usd to &- how hard %t was to do somth%n3 as tr%(%a+ as 3tt%n3 tn r%nds to a3r on d%nnr and a mo(%0 +t a+on 3tt%n3 m%++%ons o pop+ to3thr to ra%s mony or a po+%t%ca+ cand%dat0 3t th (ot out0  protst corrupt%on0 or sa( an ndan3rd and &+o(d %nst%tut%on. Th nt dosn8t so+( th pro&+m o %n7ust%c0 &ut %t so+(s th %rst hard pro&+m o r%3ht%n3 wron3s- 3tt%n3 (ryon to3thr and 'p%n3 thm to3thr. ou st%++ ha( to do th (n
harder 
 wor' o r%s'%n3 +%0 +%m&0 prsona+ ortun0 rputat%on0 E(ry wondru+ th%n3 %n our wor+d has %3ht %n %ts h%story. Our r%3hts0 our 3ood ortun0 our happ%nss and a++ that %s swt was pa%d or0 onc upon a t%m0 &y  pr%nc%p+d pop+ who r%s'd (ryth%n3 to chan3 th wor+d or th &ttr. Thos r%s's ar not d%m%n%shd on %ota &y th nt. <ut th rwards ar (ry &%t as swt.
 
DOCTOROW/FOR THE WIN/#
AUDIOBOOK 
Th 3ood o+'s at Random Hous )ud%o producd a
 fantastic
 aud%o d%t%on o th%s &oo'. ou can &uy %t on CD0 or you can &uy th ">! (rs%on rom a (ar%ty o on+%n &oo's++rs. I a+so s++ %t mys+ on my s%t- http-//craphound.com/?cat1$2nortunat+y0 you can8t &uy th%s &oo' rom th wor+d8s most popu+ar aud%o&oo' (ndors- )pp+8s %Tuns and )ma9on8s )ud%&+. That8s &caus n%thr stor wou+d a++ow m to s++ th aud%o&oo' on trms that I &+%( ar a%r and 7ust. ,pc%%ca++y0 )pp+ rusd to carry th &oo' un+ss %t had :d%3%ta+ r%3hts mana3mnt: on %t. Th%s %s th tchno+o3y that +oc's mus%c to )pp+8s d(%cs. It8s %++3a+ to mo( DR"*cr%pp+d %+s to d(%cs that )pp+ hasn8t &+ssd0 wh%ch mans that % I ncoura3 you to &uy my wor's throu3h )pp+0 I +os th a&%+%ty to choos to cont%nu to s++ to you rom )pp+8s compt%t%on at som +atr dat %n th utur. That sms +%' a &ad da+ or &oth o us. To %ts crd%t0 )ud%&+ 4wh%ch supp+%s a++ o th aud%o&oo's on %Tuns5
was
 w%++%n3 to s++ th%s &oo' w%thout DR"0 &ut thy %ns%std on %nc+ud%n3 th%r trm+y onrous :nd usr +%cns a3rmnt0: wh%ch
also
 proh%&%ts mo(%n3 my &oo' to a d(%c that )ud%&+ hasn8t appro(d. To ma' %t asy or thm0 I ord to s%mp+y rcord a +%tt+ %ntro that sa%d0 :Cory Doctorow and Random Hous )ud%o 3rant you  prm%ss%on to us th%s &oo' %n any way that dos not (%o+at copyr%3ht +aw.: That way0 thy wou+dn8t ha( to ma'
any
 chan3s to th%r s%t or th a3rmnts you ha( to c+%c' throu3h to us %t. <ut )ud%&+ rusd. I wou+dn8t s++ th%s &oo' throu3h Wa+*"art % thy %ns%std that you cou+d on+y sh+( %t on a Wa+*"art  &oo'cas and I won8t s++ %t throu3h any on+%n rta%+r that %mposs th sam r;u%rmnt on your (%rtua+  &oo'sh+(s. That8s a+so why you won8t %nd my &oo's or sa+ or th A%nd+ or %>ad stors ** &oth stors %ns%st on th r%3ht to +oc' you %nto trms that I &+%( ar una%r and &ad or &oth o us. I8m prtty &ummd a&out th%s. For th rcord0 I wou+d 3+ad+y s++ throu3h &oth )pp+ and )ud%&+ % thy8d +t m s++ %t w%thout DR"0 and undr th wor+d8s shortst E2L) 4:Don8t (%o+at copyr%3ht +aw.:5 In th mant%m0 I than' you %n ad(anc or patron%9%n3 on+%n aud%o&oo' s++rs who rspct th r%3hts o &oth authors and aud%ncs. )nd I am spc%a++y 3ratu+ to Random Hous )ud%o or &ac'%n3 m %n th%s %3ht to 3t a a%r da+ or a++ o us.
THE COPYRIGHT THING
Th Crat%( Commons +%cns at th top o th%s %+  pro&a&+y t%ppd you o to th act that I8( 3ot som  prtty unorthodo (%ws a&out copyr%3ht. Hr8s what I th%n' o %t0 %n a nutsh++- a +%tt+ 3os a +on3 way0 and mor than that %s too much. I +%' th act that copyr%3ht +ts m s++ r%3hts to my  pu&+%shrs and %+m stud%os and so on. It8s n%c that thy can8t 7ust ta' my stu w%thout prm%ss%on and 3t r%ch on %t w%thout cutt%n3 m %n or a p%c o th act%on. I8m %n a prtty 3ood pos%t%on whn %t coms to n3ot%at%n3 w%th ths compan%s- I8( 3ot a 3rat a3nt and a dcad8s pr%nc w%th copyr%3ht +aw and +%cns%n3 4%nc+ud%n3 a st%nt as a d+3at at WI>O0 th 2N a3ncy that ma's th wor+d8s copyr%3ht trat%s5. What8s mor0 thr8s 7ust not that many o ths n3ot%at%ons ** (n % I s++ %ty or a hundrd d%rnt d%t%ons o
 For the Win
 4wh%ch wou+d put %t %n top m%++%onth o a prcnt%+ or %ct%on50 that8s st%++ on+y a hundrd n3ot%at%ons0 wh%ch I cou+d 7ust a&out mana3. I
hate
 th act that ans who want to do what radrs ha( a+ways don ar pctd to p+ay %n th sam systm as a++ ths hotshot a3nts and +awyrs. It8s 7ust
 stupid 
 to say that an +mntary schoo+ c+assroom shou+d ha( to ta+' to a +awyr at a 3%ant 3+o&a+  pu&+%shr &or thy put on a p+ay &asd on on o my  &oo's. It8s r%d%cu+ous to say that pop+ who want to :+oan: th%r +ctron%c copy o my &oo' to a r%nd nd to 3t a
license
 to do so. Loan%n3 &oo's has &n around +on3r than any pu&+%shr on Earth0 and %t8s a %n th%n3. Copyr%3ht +aws ar %ncras%n3+y passd w%htout dmocrat%c d&at or scrut%ny. In Brat <r%ta%n0 whr I +%(0 >ar+%amnt has 7ust passd th D%3%ta+ Economy )ct0 a comp+ copyr%3ht +aw that a++ows corporat 3%ants to d%sconnct who+ am%+%s rom th Intrnt % anyon %n th hous %s accusd 4w%thout proo5 o copyr%3ht %nr%n3mnt %t a+so crats a :Brat F%rwa++ o <r%ta%n: that %s usd to cnsor any s%t that rcord compan%s and mo(% stud%os don8t +%'. Th%s +aw was passd w%thout any sr%ous pu&+%c d&at %n
 
DOCTOROW/FOR THE WIN/!>ar+%amnt0 rushd throu3h us%n3 a d%rty procss throu3h wh%ch our +ctd rprsntat%(s &trayd th  pu&+%c to 3%( a hu30 3%t*wrappd prsnt to th%r corporat pa+s. It 3ts wors- around th wor+d0 r%ch countr%s +%' th 2,0 th E2 and Canada ha( &n n3ot%at%n3 a scrt copyr%3ht traty ca++d :Th )nt%*Countr%t%n3 Trad )3rmnt: 4)CT)5 that has a++ th pro&+ms that th D%3%ta+ Economy )ct had and thn som. Th p+an %s to a3r to th%s %n scrt0 w%thout pu&+%c d&at0 and thn orc th wor+d8s poorst countr%s to s%3n up or %t &y rus%n3 to a++ow thm to s++ 3oods to r%ch countr%s un+ss th do. In )mr%ca0 th p+an %s to pass %t w%thout Con3rss%ona+ d&at0 us%n3 th cut%(  powr o th >rs%dnt. Thou3h th%s &3an undr <ush0 th O&ama adm%n%strat%on has pursud %t w%th 3rat nthus%asm. ,o % you8r not (%o+at%n3 copyr%3ht +a r%3ht now0 you w%++ & soon. )nd th pna+t%s ar a&out to 3t a +ot wors. )s somon who r+%s on copyr%3ht to arn my +%(%n30 th%s ma's m s%c'. I th &%3 ntrta%nmnt compan%s st out to dstroy copyr%3ht8s m%ss%on0 thy cou+dn8t do any &ttr than thy8r do%n3 now. ,o0 &as%ca++y0
 screw that 
. Or0 as th s%n3r0 Wo&&+y and un%on or3an%9r Woody Buthr% so +o;unt+y put %t- :Th%s son3 %s Copyr%3htd %n 2.,.0 undr ,a+ o Copyr%3ht 1$60 or a pr%od o #6 yars0 and any&ody cau3ht s%n3%n8 %t w%thout our prm%ss%on0 w%++  & m%3hty 3ood r%nds o ourn0 caus w don8t 3%( a drn. >u&+%sh %t. Wr%t %t. ,%n3 %t. ,w%n3 to %t. od+ %t. W wrot %t0 that8s a++ w wantd to do.:
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