Media PIracy in the Cultural Economy

Intellectual Property and Labor Under Neoliberal Restructuring
Routledge (Verlag)
  • 1. Auflage
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  • erscheint ca. am 1. Juni 2019
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 136 Seiten
978-1-138-30381-2 (ISBN)
Media piracy--the production, distribution and consumption of media texts in violation of intellectual property laws--has become an endemic feature of the cultural economy since the rise of the internet. While most analyses present piracy either in terms of moral or legal failings, or alternatively, the inevitable by-product of digital technologies, this book situates piracy as a symptom of a much larger restructuring of cultural labor in the era of the internet: labor that is digital, entrepreneurial, informal and even illegal, and increasingly politicized. Sketching the contours of this new political economy while engaging with theories of digital media, both critical and celebratory, Mueller reveals piracy as a submerged social history of the digital world, and potentially the key to its political reimagining.
  • Englisch
  • London
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  • Großbritannien
Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Für höhere Schule und Studium
  • Höhe: 216 mm
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  • Breite: 138 mm
978-1-138-30381-2 (9781138303812)
113830381X (113830381X)
Gavin C. Mueller is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Emerging Media and Communication at The University of Texas at Dallas, USA

1. Neoliberalism and Post-Fordism

2. A Critique of the Digital Political Economy

3. A History of Digital Piracy

4. Theorizing Digital Piracy

5. Global Piracy

6. The End of P2P
"This is a beautifully written and engaging publication that makes a very important contribution to the growing literature on media piracy. Mueller not only examines piracy as a culturally embedded activity, but he expertly uses Marxist theory to elucidate his argument that piracy must be seem as a part of the greater reorganisation of labour in the digital era. It is essential reading for anyone interested in looking beyond purely economic concerns and instead examining how piracy is inextricably connected to wider social and political shifts." --Virginia Crisp, King's College London, UK

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