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The Pirate Party and the Politics of Communication
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
2015 (English)In: International Journal of Communication, ISSN 1932-8036, E-ISSN 1932-8036, Vol. 9, 909-924 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article draws on a series of interviews with members of the Pirate Party, a political party focusing on copyright and information politics, in different countries. It discusses the interviewees’ visions of democracy and technology and explains that copyright is seen as not only an obstacle to the free consumption of music and movies but a threat to the freedom of speech, the right to privacy, and a thriving public sphere. The first part of this article briefly sketches how the Pirate Party’s commitment to the democratic potential of new communication technologies can be interpreted as a defense of a digitally expanded lifeworld against the attempts at colonization by market forces and state bureaucracies. The second part problematizes this assumption by discussing the interactions between the Pirate movement and the tech industry in relation to recent theories on the connection between political agency and social media.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
USC ANNENBERG PRESS , 2015. Vol. 9, 909-924 p.
Keyword [en]
Piracy, pirate party, copyright, filesharing, social movements
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Cultural Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-116630ISI: 000361977300020OAI: diva2:799075
Piratkopieringens ideolog: En studie av piratkopiering, upphovsrätt och modernitet i Sverige, USA och Australien
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P11-0060-1

Funding text: Helge Ax:son Johnson foundation; Olle Engqvist foundation; Ake Wiberg foundation; Lars Hierta foundation; Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences)

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