This penetrating and informative book provides readers with the perfect systematic critical guide to the file-sharing phenomenon. Combining inter-disciplinary resources from sociology, history, media and communication studies and cultural studies, Matthew David unpacks the economics, psychology, and philosophy of file-sharing. It fuses a deep knowledge of the music industry and the new technologies of mass communication with a powerful perspective on how multinational corporations operate to monopolize markets, how international and state agencies defend property, while a global multitude undermine and/or reinvent both.  

Technical Mythologies and Security Risks

Technical mythologies and security risks
  • Introduction
  • The surveillance society?
  • From Foucault to Deleuze: from discipline towards control
  • The panoptic sort?
  • Cybercrime
  • Surveillance — a limited hope for the recording industry
  • Attempts at anonymity
  • Counter surveillance
  • The birth of digital rights management
  • Hard and soft DRM today
  • The problem with format capture: closure versus exposure
  • Managing the horror
  • The dialectic of technology
  • Conclusions


Given the legal limitations described in Chapter 5, and the role played by digital recording, compression and transmission technologies in the practice of peer-to-peer file-sharing, much attention has been given by the recording industry in recent years to technical barriers to copyright infringement. At the same time, technical solutions continue to be developed to address the problem of getting caught, getting prosecuted or getting stopped. Previous chapters have given much attention to the ...

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