Digital technology has forever changed the way media is created, accessed, shared and regulated, raising serious questions about copyright for artists and fans, media companies and internet intermediaries, activists and governments. Taking a rounded view of the debates that have emerged over copyright in the digital age, this book: Looks across a broad range of industries including music, television and film to consider issues of media power and policy.; Features engaging examples that have taken centre stage in the copyright debate, including high profile legal cases against Napster and The Pirate Bay, anti-piracy campaigns, the Creative Commons movement, and public protests against the expansion of copyright enforcement.; Considers both the dominant voices, such as industry associations, and those who struggle to be heard, including ordinary media users, drawing on important studies into copyright from around the world.

Offering media students and scholars a comprehensive overview of the contemporary issues surrounding intellectual property through the struggle over copyright, Understanding Copyright explores why disagreement is rife and how the policymaking process might accommodate a wider range of views.

Consumers, Criminals, Patrons, Pirates: How Users Connect to Copyright

Consumers, criminals, patrons, pirates: How users connect to copyright

Locating Users

So far, this book has considered the positions and perspectives of a range of parties invested in debates about copyright, from cultural industry representatives and internet intermediaries to creative workers at all levels. But we have not yet looked at the positions and perspectives of the largest group with a relationship to copyrighted material: everyday users.

Firstly, it's important to clarify what we mean by ‘users’. The term ‘users’ is employed here to represent those whose primary relationship to copyrighted material is as fans, purchasers, downloaders and sharers. They may also produce their own media content, but their role as media producer is secondary to that of user. ...

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