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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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Reimagining the Pirate: Approaching Infringement Relationally

Reimagining the Pirate: Approaching Infringement Relationally

(p.111) 5 Reimagining the Pirate: Approaching Infringement Relationally
Authors, Users, and Pirates

James Meese

The MIT Press

The fifth chapter outlines how the pirate could be viewed relationally and explains how potentially infringing acts can be reinterpreted as innovative and lead to the production of new knowledge. It also reflects on the broader cultural contexts in which relationality operates through a discussion of the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act protests. These protests argued that western citizens should be viewed as user-pirates and deferred the label of pirate to actors in the Global South. The chapter concludes by stating that while the pirate is often institutionally and discursively constrained, any act of piracy will reveal both an element of “use” and a latent authorial capacity.

Keywords:   Piracy, Pirate, Innovation, Informal economies, Copyright law, User, Authorship

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