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ROBERT LEVINE was most recently executive editor of "Billboard" mag-azine. His articles on technology, business, and culture have appeared in the" New York Times, Fortune, Conde Nast Portfolio, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone," and "Travel & Leisure." He lives in New York.

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Praise for "Free Ride" "A book that should change the debate about the future of culture....With this stylishly written and well-reported manifesto, Levine has become a leading voice on one side of our most hotly contested debate involving law and technology." --Jeffrey Rosen, "The New York Times Book Review" "Turbo-reported...."Free Ride" is a timely and impressive book--part guilt trip, part wake-up call, and full of the kind of reporting that could only have been done with a book advance from an Old Media company." --"Businessweek" "[A] smart, caustic tour of the modern culture industry." --"Fortune" "Brilliant...A crash course in the existential problems facing the [media]." --Richard Morrison, "The Times" "The most convincing defense of the current predicament of the creative industries that I have read." --James Crabtree, "Financial Times" "With penetrating analysis and insight, Levine, a former executive editor of "Billboard" magazine, dissects the current economic climate of the struggling American media companies caught in the powerful fiscal grip of the digital industry.... This incisive book is a start at an informed dialogue." --"Publishers Weekly" "Can the culture business survive the digital age? That's the burning question Robert Levine poses in his provocative new book. And his answer is one that will get your blood boiling. Rich with revealing stories and telling tales, "Free Ride" makes a lucid case that information is actually expensive - and that it's only the big technology firms profiting most from the work of others that demand information be free." --Gary Rivlin, author of "Broke, USA" " " "One of the great issues of the digital age is how people who create content will be able to make a living. Robert Levine's timely and well-researched book provides a valuable look at how copyright protection was lost on the internet and offers suggestions about how it could beo Praise for "Free Ride" "Turbo-reported...."Free Ride" is a timely and impressive book--part guilt trip, part wake-up call, and full of the kind of reporting that could only have been done with a book advance from an Old Media company." --"Businessweek" "[A] smart, caustic tour of the modern culture industry." --"Fortune" "Brilliant...A crash course in the existential problems facing the [media]." --Richard Morrison, "The Times" "The most convincing defense of the current predicament of the creative industries that I have read." --James Crabtree, "Financial Times" "With penetrating analysis and insight, Levine, a former executive editor of "Billboard" magazine, dissects the current economic climate of the struggling American media companies caught in the powerful fiscal grip of the digital industry.... This incisive book is a start at an informed dialogue." --"Publishers Weekly" "Can the culture business survive the digital age Praise for "Free Ride" "Brilliant...A crash course in the existential problems facing the [media]." --Richard Morrison, "The Times" "The most convincing defense of the current predicament of the creative industries that I have read." --James Crabtree, "Financial Times" "With penetrating analysis and insight, Levine, a former executive editor of "Billboard" magazine, dissects the current economic climate of the struggling American media companies caught in the powerful fiscal grip of the digital industry.... This incisive book is a start at an informed dialogue." --"Publishers Weekly" "Can the culture business survive the digital age? That's the burning question Robert Levine poses in his provocative new book. And his answer is one that will get your blood boiling. Rich with revealing stories and telling tales, "Free Ride" makes a lucid case that information is actually expensive - and that it's only the big technology firms profiting most from th

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