Review Roundup: Who Owns This Sentence? by David Bellos

Feb. 14, 2024

"lively, opinionated, and ultra-timely" —The New Yorker

"A gimlet-eyed analysis of a system that protects a corporate status quo at the expense of independent invention." —Kirkus Reviews

"Bellos and Montagu’s challenge to intellectual property law is by turns sobering and cheering." —Financial Times


Since its publication three weeks ago, David Bellos and Alexandre Montagu's Who Owns This Sentence?: A History of Copyrights and Wrongs has become a bestseller, been named both a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice and a New Yorker Best Book of 2024, and garnered a slew of other positive reviews, podcast spots, and press coverage. Catch up on the latest here!


Book Reviews

"Does copyright help artists? Not necessarily, say these writers," The Washington Post (February 14)

"Copyright chaos is only getting worse," The Spectator (February 5)

"The Critic's Notebook," New Criterion (February 5)

"Who Owns This Sentence?," Washington Independent Review of Books (February 5)

"'Who Owns This Sentence?': Copyright Chronicles," The Wall Street Journal (February 2)

"'Who Owns This Sentence?' Increasingly, Who Knows?," The New York Times (January 21)

"Who Owns This Sentence?," Open Letters Review (January 19) 

"A new book looks at the past and future of copyright," The Economist (January 18)

"Is A.I. the Death of I.P.?," The New Yorker (January 15)

"Who Owns This Sentence? — an attack on copyright," Financial Times (January 11)

"Inside ‘the world’s biggest money machine’ – murky copyright deals," The Telegraph (January 3)

"Who Owns This Sentence?," Kirkus Reviews (December 15)



"The Strange Rules of Copyrights," Something You Should Know Podcast (February 8)

"Who owns this sentence?," Talk Radio Europe Interview (January 26)

"Dickens, Disney and copyright," BBC Radio3 Podcast (December 21)