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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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From the Piratical to the Creative User

From the Piratical to the Creative User

(p.39) 2 From the Piratical to the Creative User
Authors, Users, and Pirates

James Meese

The MIT Press

The second chapter focuses on the user and examines how this subject has become an increasingly prominent element of copyright law across the twentieth century. After introducing the basics (and history) of fair dealing and fair use, the chapter discusses how people moved from creators to consumers due to regulatory frameworks and the technological limitations imposed on radio and television. I then turn to the late-twentieth century and consider the presence of a creative element in the discourse around users during the Web 2.0 moment and suggest that the on-going transitions between creative and consuming user can best be understood through a relational framework.

Keywords:   User, Fair use, Fair Dealing, Web 2.0, Media Regulation, Participatory Culture

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