Piracy, Creativity and Infrastructure: Rethinking Access to Culture
Alternative Law Forum
July 20, 2009
This paper raises a series of questions on the relationship between piracy, infrastructure and access to culture. Piracy has always posed a representational problem within contemporary discourses on law, public good and creativity. Piracy seems to allegorize an impure transgression, tainted by commerce and an inability to produce a discourse on itself. Pirate production of commodities and media objects fits neither a narrative of resistance nor normative critique, nor does piracy seem to fit received models of creativity or innovation. Piracy produces a series of anxieties: from states, transnational capital, and media industries and even within some liberal proponents of the public domain. The paper reframes the problem of the pirate through an examination of the content/ infrastructure binary, and questions existing assumptions about creativity, subjectivity and transformation, commodification and social life.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 28
Keywords: Piracy, Copyright, Infrastructure, Creativity, Modernity, Culture, Cultural Production
JEL Classification: K19, K10
Date posted: July 20, 2009