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Linköping University, Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, Department of Culture Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3309-3840
University of Western Sydney, Australia.
2014 (English)In: Piracy: Lekages from Modernity / [ed] Martin Fredriksson & James Arvanitakis, Sacramento, CA: Litwin Books , 2014, 1-13 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

"Piracy" is a concept that seems everywhere in the contemporary world. From the big screen with the dashing Jack Sparrow, to the dangers off the coast of Somalia; from the claims by the Motion Picture Association of America that piracy funds terrorism, to the political impact of pirate parties in countries like Sweden and Germany. While the spread of piracy provokes responses from the shipping and copyright industries, the reverse is also true: for every new development in capitalist technologies, some sort of "piracy" moment emerges.

This is maybe most obvious in the current ideologisation of Internet piracy where the rapid spread of so called Pirate Parties is developing into a kind of global political movement. While the pirates of Somalia seem a long way removed from Internet pirates illegally downloading the latest music hit or, it is the assertion of this book that such developments indicate a complex interplay between capital flows and relations, late modernity, property rights and spaces of contestation. That is, piracy seems to emerge at specific nodes in capitalist relations that create both blockages and leaks between different social actors.

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Sacramento, CA: Litwin Books , 2014. 1-13 p.
Keyword [en]
Piracy, Copyright, Intellectual Property, Property Rights, Cultural Theory, Political Theory
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Cultural Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-109026ISBN: 1936117592ISBN: 978-1936117598OAI: diva2:735596
Available from: 2014-07-29 Created: 2014-07-29 Last updated: 2015-04-01Bibliographically approved

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