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The origins and impacts of the Swedish file-sharing movement: A case study
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Communication, Media and Communication Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7353-4172
2011 (English)In: Critical Studies in Peer Production (CSPP), Vol. 1, no 1, 1-18 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

If it is possible to speak of a coherent file-­sharing movement in Sweden, what are the principal societal factors shaping it? This paper contextualises the recent history of Swedish peer­-to-­peer­-based file­sharing as forming part of a wider shift in politics towards a late-modern collective ethic. Everyday file-­sharers operate as ‘occasional activists’, as pirate institutions not only speak for, but also run and build the networks. Such institutions ­ The Pirate Bay, Piratbyrån, and The Pirate Party ­ cannot be explained by invoking market logics, online communitarianism, or political motivation alone. The cyberliberties activism animating these hubs is connected to the larger framework of balancing utilitarianism, nationalism, individual autonomy and collectivism in Sweden. Further, the emergent Swedish file­-sharing justificatory regime hinges on a general view of what the internet is, what it is good for, and how it should look in the future, as the file-­sharer argumentation rests on the inevitability of unrestricted file exchange on the internet, while the industrialist concerns of the cultural industries emphasize instead how exchange should be regulated and sanctioned by accountable providers.

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Oekonux , 2011. Vol. 1, no 1, 1-18 p.
Keyword [en]
Audience Studies, Entertainment Industry, Music Business, Justification, File Sharing, Morality, Ethics, Copyright, World-Views, Civic Reasoning, The Pirate Bay, European Studies, Sweden, p2p, Copyright Law, Digital Piracy
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Cultural Studies Media Studies Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-22494OAI: diva2:698889

This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution­ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.­sa/3.0/ 

Oekonux is a non­profit organization devoted to the theoretical and practical advancement of peer production, that later changed name to The Journal of Peer Production (JoPP).

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