Acting out

Resisting copyright monopolies

Authored by: Steve Collins

The Routledge Companion To Media And Activism

Print publication date:  March  2018
Online publication date:  March  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138202030
eBook ISBN: 9781315475059
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How should citizens respond when copyright laws appear out of touch with how media are used, and only exist to shore up business models that seem absurd in a digital networked environment? What kind of actions can citizens take when copyright overreaches and impinges on creativity and free expression? This chapter explores methods for resisting exclusionary monopolies that form from copyrights. The first two examples look at fair use and Creative Commons, both of which use the law to resist an ‘all rights reserved’ approach to copyright. The third example looks at how purposeful infringement such as file-sharing can act as a form of civil disobedience against copyright monopolies.

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