Unfair to Genius: The Strange and Litigious Career of Ira B. Arnstein

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$27.95  $25.71
Publisher
Oxford University Press, USA
Publish Date
Pages
307
Dimensions
6.1 X 9.3 X 1.2 inches | 1.35 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780199733484

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About the Author

Gary A. Rosen has practiced intellectual property law for more than 25 years. Before entering private practice, he served as a law clerk to federal appellate judge and award-winning legal historian A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. He lives outside Philadelphia.

Reviews


"This is an amazing intertwined tale of Tin Pan Alley, a series of courtroom showdowns, and the changing nature of commercial creativity through the 20th century. Rosen has done us all a great favor by unearthing the story and writing about it so well." --Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of TheGooglization of Everything


"Everyone interested in how the law and entertainment intersect should read this story of the original copyright troll." --Adrian Johns, author of Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates


"Unfair to Genius is a lively, learned, and illuminating look at American popular music, from the Tin Pan Alley era to the advent of rock 'n' roll, through the lens of one of its quirkiest denizens."--Philip Furia, author of The Poets of Tin Pan Alley and Ira Gershwin: The Art of the Lyricist


"Exhaustively researched, this multi-layered tale of the economic, cultural and legal forces that forever changed the institutions of American popular music is both immensely readable and thoroughly engaging. It is a gem of a book."-Paul Goldstein, Lillick Professor of Law, Stanford University




"Rosen paints a fascinating portrait of one of history's most fertile creative eras - the rise of Tin Pan Alley, or the "Age of the Songwriter," as Rosen calls it - and the book brims with history relevant to today's disruptive technology climate." -- Publishers Weekly


"This is an amazing intertwined tale of Tin Pan Alley, a series of courtroom showdowns, and the changing nature of commercial creativity through the 20th century. Rosen has done us all a great favor by unearthing the story and writing about it so well." --Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of The Googlization of Everything


"Unfair to Genius is a lively, learned, and illuminating look at American popular music, from the Tin Pan Alley era to the advent of rock 'n' roll, through the lens of one of its quirkiest denizens."--Philip Furia, author of The Poets of Tin Pan Alley and Ira Gershwin: The Art of the Lyricist


"Exhaustively researched, this multi-layered tale of the economic, cultural and legal forces that forever changed the institutions of American popular music is both immensely readable and thoroughly engaging. It is a gem of a book."-Paul Goldstein, Lillick Professor of Law, Stanford University


"Everyone interested in how the law and entertainment intersect should read this story of the original copyright troll." --Adrian Johns, author of Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates


"Entertaining and instructive...the improbable leap from high opera to low vaudeville suggests the fun to be found in "Unfair to Genius" as it leavens legal history with showbiz anecdote, and insight with amusement." -Wall Street Journal


"Unfair to Genius is a superbly researched and written account of the Tin Pan Alley era of pop music and the peculiar career of one Ira Arnstein, who started with tons of talent and ambition but ended up as a reviled eccentric who pathologically sued big-name songwriters for imagined copyright infringement. Author Gary Rosen, an intellectual-property lawyer, deftly plots the rise of the music industry in America, keying in on such famous-long-ago figures as cantor Yossele Rosenblatt, "the Jewish Caruso," who became a mainstream star without particularly trying to." -Forbes