Cybercrime and Society provides a clear, systematic, and critical introduction to current debates about cybercrime. It locates the phenomenon in the wider contexts of social, political, cultural, and economic change. It is the first book to draw upon perspectives spanning criminology, sociology, law, politics, and cultural studies to examine the whole range of cybercrime issues.
Chapter Four: Virtual ‘Pirates’: Intellectual Property Theft Online
Virtual ‘Pirates’: Intellectual Property Theft Online
Chapter 4 examines the following issues:
- the nature of ‘intellectual property’ and ‘piracy’;
- the extent and growth of ‘piracy’ in relation to software, music and movies;;
- the relationship between technological change and Internet ‘piracy’;
- the relationship between ‘youth’ and ‘piracy’;
- the kinds of legal, enforcement and campaigning activities that have emerged in response to ‘piracy’;
- the problems with official estimates of the ‘piracy problem’;
- the rhetorical and ideological dimensions of the ‘piracy’ debate.