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.  

Media Management

Media management
  • Introduction
  • ‘Piracy funds terrorism and will destroy our society and your future enjoyment’ (FACT?)
  • Intellectual property theft is the new street drug
  • Intellectual property theft and illegal immigrants
  • Intellectual property, identity theft and student plagiarism
  • Intellectual property theft and airport security myths
  • Media scopes: the next big ‘clampdown’ — July 2008: via ISPs
  • The mass-media and new-media
  • Spreading conspiracies
  • Conclusions


Jessica Litman (1991) argues popular constructions of copyright rarely coincide with the actuality of copyright law. Authors and artists draw heavily upon the works of others. All lie between the fabricated romantic self-made artist with no debts and the accountant with receipts in hand. Creativity requires a degree of forgetting and all creative artists ‘infringe’ to one degree or another. Creative artists and publics alike, therefore, construct a myth of copyright in ...

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