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This Handbook brings together scholars from around the world in addressing the global significance of, controversies over and alternatives to intellectual property (IP) today. It brings together over fifty of the leading authors in this field across the spectrum of academic disciplines, from law, economics, geography, sociology, politics and anthropology. This volume addresses the full spectrum of IP issues including copyright, patent, trademarks and trade secrets, as well as parallel rights and novel applications. In addition to addressing the role of IP in an increasingly information based and globalized economy and culture, it also challenges the utility and viability of IP today and addresses a range of alternative futures.

’Piracy’ or Parody: Moral Panic in an Age of New Media
‘Piracy’ or Parody: Moral Panic in an Age of New Media
Matthew David Natasha Whiteman
Introduction

This chapter addresses attempts to foster a ‘moral panic’ around file-sharing. The attempt to foster associations between online sharing and various illicit/illegal practices – to demonize sharing in order to reduce its incidence, by persuasion or by warranting prohibitions – has been recurrent (Litman, 2000). Yet efforts to establish such connections have consistently been undermined by consumers’ apparent unwillingness to accept, and in some cases willingness to subvert and reject, anti-piracy messages. By placing attention on audience re-workings of anti-piracy messages in productions and descriptions of media use, this chapter explores ...

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