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Pirate PhilosophyFor a Digital Posthumanities$
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Gary Hall

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034401

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034401.001.0001

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Copyright and Piracy

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Pirate Philosophy

Gary Hall

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Chapter 5 explores some of the possibilities for new ways of being as theorists and philosophers by asking: What would it mean for us to adopt the persona of the pirate who, traditionally, has often operated in a manner that is neither simply legal nor illegal? What’s interesting about certain phenomenon associated with networked digital culture such as Napster, the Pirate Bay, and Aaaaarg, is that we cannot tell at the time of their emergence whether they are legitimate or not. This is because the new conditions created by networked digital culture at times require the creation of equally new intellectual property laws and copyright policies. It follows we can never be sure whether these so-called pirates, in the attempts they are making to contend with the new conditions and possibilities created by networked digital culture, are not involved in the creation of the very new laws, policies, clauses, settlements, licensing agreements and acts of Congress and Parliament by which they could be judged. Might acting something like pirate philosophers lead to new forms of producing, publishing and circulating academic knowledge and research that act more in terms of the change in political mood post-2008?

Keywords:   Digital Humanities, Open Access, Copyright, Piracy, Aaaaarg, Future of the University

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