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Authors, Users, and PiratesCopyright Law and Subjectivity$
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James Meese

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262037440

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262037440.001.0001

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Introduction: Copyright Law and Subjectivity—A Relational Approach

Introduction: Copyright Law and Subjectivity—A Relational Approach

(p.1) Introduction: Copyright Law and Subjectivity—A Relational Approach
Authors, Users, and Pirates

James Meese

The MIT Press

This chapter introduces the book’s theoretical approach to relationality and subjectivity and makes a case for studying the author, user and pirate collectively. It goes on to situate this position within a wider body of interdisciplinary literature, addressing key debates in scholarship around copyright law. I then detail the benefits of taking a relational approach, suggesting that it offers a more accurate account of how copyright law is currently constructed and responds to the conceptual uncertainty underpinning copyright. The chapter ends with a brief outline of the rest of the book.

Keywords:   Relationality, Copyright Law, Subjectivity, Authorship, Piracy, Use

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