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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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Locating the User and Reforming Law

Locating the User and Reforming Law

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Authors, Users, and Pirates

James Meese

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The fourth chapter begins with a detailed consideration of recent user focussed reforms in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia and focuses specifically on the user generated content provision in Canada. An analysis of the provision reveals the impossibility of maintaining a coherent separation of subjects in copyright law and identifies a clear relational interaction between authorship and use, which this provision enacts (albeit in a limited fashion). The chapter then considers the professionalization of YouTube and suggests that various forms of amateur media and user-generated content are looking increasingly more “authorial” in their tenor. I then go on to reflect on how a series of digital and physical intermediaries attempt to work within the boundaries of the user subject, and discuss how various jurisdictions have either refused or accepted this proposed interpellation.

Keywords:   Law reform, User rights, Copyright Law, Media Distribution, User Generated Content, Participatory Culture

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