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.  

Alternative Cultural Models of Participation, Communication and Reward?

Alternative Cultural Models of Participation, Communication and Reward?

Alternative cultural models of participation, communication and reward?
  • Introduction
  • Five interpretations of file-sharing
  • Music today: myth and reality
  • Six case studies
    • Arctic Monkeys
    • Enter Shikari
    • Simply Red
    • The Charlatans
    • Radiohead
    • Madonna
  • General discussion
  • Possible futures
    • Field colonisation (low truth/low proximity)
    • Delegitimation/reterritorialization (low trust/high proximity)
    • Relegitimation/deterritorialization (high trust/low proximity)
    • Reterritorialization and relegitimation (high trust/high proximity)
  • Conclusions


While it is one thing to highlight the theoretical contradictions within the idea of ‘intellectual property’, along with the legal, technical and economic tensions that exist within the music industry as it currently exists and which are exposed by the practices of file-sharers, it is still worth asking whether copyright infringing file-sharing is simply: 1. a relatively insignificant parasitic practice; 2. a substantive threat to cultural innovation; 3. a subversion that reinforces dominant versions (as was/is ...

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