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Lee Edwards, Bethany Klein, David Lee, Giles Moss & Fiona Philip

In: The SAGE Handbook of Intellectual Property

Chapter 16: Communicating Copyright: Discourse and Disagreement in the Digital Age

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Communicating Copyright: Discourse and Disagreement in the Digital Age
Communicating Copyright: Discourse and Disagreement in the Digital Age
Lee EdwardsBethany KleinDavid LeeGiles MossFiona Philip
Introduction

Digitization of media has brought longstanding tensions about the purpose and scope of copyright law to the fore, not only for those with a financial stake in copyrighted materials, but for ordinary users as well. This chapter considers modern copyright debates as involving a range of implicit and explicit justifications communicated by government, industry, artists and users. While certain discourses are prioritized and naturalized, often others (and particularly those of users) are given little serious attention, thus constraining discussions about and innovation in intellectual property policy. Drawing on an analysis of various sources of communication about copyright – from government-commissioned reviews and industry campaigns, to public relations materials and the voices of users themselves – ...

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