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Copyright and Popular Media: Liberal Villains and Technological Change


ISBN13: 9780230368477
Published: March 2013
Publisher: Palgrave Scholarly
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £61.00



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Media piracy in music, film and gaming is as much about the future of formal copyright governance as it is about morality and freedom of expression.

An illegal consumer is not a bad or immoral person because copyright laws state the act of copyright infringement is against the law. History reveals what social networking in the world of digitalization now tells us -- consumers have always engaged in legal and illegal popular media consumption. Convergent consumption patterns are not new -- file sharing is the latest development.

However the dominant few which have established the status quo over several decades strongly resist external technological challenges. The corporate elite which control the bulk of popular media and their copyrights strictly preserve the formal legal structures in which copyrights exist. But the legal reality is that the facade of copyright governance has been seriously challenged in the 21st Century. This book explores the unresolved issues concerned with media piracy and consumption.

Subjects:
Intellectual Property Law, Media and Entertainment Law
Contents:
Abbreviations
Cases
Statutory instruments

PART I: SETTING THE SCENE
Liberalism, Realism, Convergence, Consumption and Tensions between Technological and Legal Change
Global Governance: Regulation of Copyright Law and Policy in Popular Media
Copyright Industries Corporate Control of Popular Media (and Culture): Competition Law and Policy in Popular Culture

PART II: PROBLEMS WITH NEIGHBOURS - UNPRECEDENTED CHALLENGE TO CORPORATE CONTROL
Copyright Developments in Popular Media: Doctrinal and Statutory Challenges From Printing Press to Peer-to-Peer: Centuries of 'Modern' Media Piracy and the Social Urge for Legal and Illegal Consumption
A Three-front War on Piracy: Technological Protection, Legal Action and Education Programs - Null Bock Haltung?
Occidental Failure: The Paradox of Transglobal Copyright Industries in Emerging Economies

PART III: PROSPECTS FOR COPYRIGHT POLICY AND CONSUMPTION IN POPULAR MEDIA
The Nexus between Piracy and Legitimate Consumption: Social Networking, P2P File Sharing and Consumer Empowerment
Concluding Remarks on Technology and the Law: Neighbour Reconciliation or Infinite Futility?
Index