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The justifications of piracy: Differences in conceptualization and argumentation between active uploaders and other file-sharers
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7353-4172
Lunds Universitet. (Cybernormer / LUII / Rättssociologi)
2014 (English)In: Piracy: Leakages from Modernity / [ed] Martin Fredriksson & James Arvanitakis, Los Angeles, CA: Litwin Books , 2014, 217-239 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

By employing a mix between qualitative and quantitative methods, we explored the ways in which file sharers themselves conceive of the future of “piracy.” A content analysis of a selection of open answers from the Research Bay study (a global file sharing survey conducted in collaboration with file-sharing site The Pirate Bay in April, 2011, with more than 75,000 respondents) revealed significant differences between active uploaders and the much larger group of respondents who regularly download files but never upload. Tropes of “community” were not particularly abundant in this corpus. The biggest singular tropes were those of unstoppability/technical resilience (“File-sharing won’t be stopped”); convenience/availability/supply; skepticism/hostility towards governmental intrusion; and—surprisingly—the trope that file sharing will eventually be integrated with the market. This latter trope was particularly common among the non-uploaders (representing the majority of Pirate Bay users) compared to the dedicated uploaders. The non-uploaders also appeared to be more disposed towards a generic belief in the progress, evolution, and a potential convergence/assimilation of technology.

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Los Angeles, CA: Litwin Books , 2014. 217-239 p.
Keyword [en]
Audience Studies, Content Analysis, Metaphor, Digital Piracy, File Sharing, Justification, Norms, Ethics, Morality, World Views, Copyright Law, Intellectual Property
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Cultural Studies Law and Society Human Geography
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-22975ISBN: 978-1-936117-59-8 (print)OAI: diva2:710891
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2014-04-08 Created: 2014-04-08 Last updated: 2014-08-19Bibliographically approved

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