The Business of Anti-Piracy: New Zones of Enterprise in the Copyright Wars

International Journal of Communication, Vol. 5, 2011

27 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2011  

Ramon Lobato

Swinburne University of Technology

Julian Thomas

Swinburne University of Technology

Date Written: October 24, 2011

Abstract

From the perspective of copyright holders, piracy represents lost revenue. In this article we argue that piracy nevertheless has important generative features. We consider the range of commercial opportunities that piracy opens up outside of the media industries, identifying four overlapping fields of legal anti-piracy enterprise: technological prevention, revenue capture, knowledge generation, and policing/enforcement. Our analysis notes the commercialization of these activities and their close relationship with the informal media economy. A case study of recent “speculative invoicing” lawsuits demonstrates the extent of this commercialization and its detachment from the mainstream content industries.

Keywords: Piracy, Anti-Piracy, Knowledge Generation, Enforcement, Digital Rights Management, Mass P2P Lawsuits, Speculative Invoicing, ACS Law, US Copyright Group, Movie Rights Group

Suggested Citation

Lobato, Ramon and Thomas, Julian, The Business of Anti-Piracy: New Zones of Enterprise in the Copyright Wars (October 24, 2011). International Journal of Communication, Vol. 5, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1948762

Ramon Lobato (Contact Author)

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Julian Thomas

Swinburne University of Technology ( email )

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