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The quiet agglomeration of data: How piracy is made mundane
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, Media and Communication Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7353-4172
2012 (English)In: International Journal of Communication, ISSN 1932-8036, Vol. 6, no 1, 585-605 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article conceptually outlines P2P-based file-sharing as a totality, a mass utility, and a backdrop to everyday cultural life. It elaborates on a recent study of Swedish file-sharers to sketch some important constituents of what would constitute a "piracy culture." It shows that the actual file-sharer argumentation is not fully synonymous with established notions of "piracy" but rather reveals the complexity of the phenomenon and how the discourse invoking it relies on modes of justification that are not entirely commensurable. Moreover, the file-sharer rhetoric is contingent on a range of entities and infrastructures that condition actual usage. Noting the institutionalized, semi-anonymous, and depersonalized elements to file-sharing, I propose a different interpretation than regarding it as a "gift economy" like the tight-knit communities Mauss described in 1923. Instead, I propose a metaphor borrowed from Titmuss' example of blood donors that acknowledges the perceived "need" for culture and the associated "right" to access content that file-sharers are exercising.

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2012. Vol. 6, no 1, 585-605 p.
Keyword [en]
Audience Studies, Intellectual Property, Morality, Ethics, Justification, Digital Piracy, p2p, Copyright, Copyright Law, File Sharing, Digital Media
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Media and Communications Cultural Studies
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Critical and Cultural Theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-20615Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84861699562OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-20615DiVA: diva2:680042
Available from: 2013-12-17 Created: 2013-12-17 Last updated: 2014-02-28Bibliographically approved

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