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Conceptions in the Code: What 'the Copyright Wars' Tell Us About Creativity, Social Change and Normative Conflicts in the Digital Society

Societal Studies, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 1009-1030, 2012

22 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2012  

Stefan Larsson

Lund University

Date Written: August 20, 2012

Abstract

This article theoretically analyses via scholarly literature the consequences of how the networked technology, the Internet is conceptualized. The Internet, as argued here, can be understood in many ways, in the sense that the digital environment is very much dependent on metaphors and conceptual loans to be spoken and thought of. This affects our behaviour and social norms and forms a number of legal challenges emerging in the transition from pre-digitalization to digitalization. The objective of the article is to understand digitalization and social change better, including legal dilemmas, from a conceptual metaphor perspective; hence the article is looking for conceptions 'in the code'. In order to do this, three main topics around which the analysis circles, are chosen: conceptions of the Internet and how metaphors control what we think of it; the role of digital technology in creating a gap between law and social norms: the example of copyright; and, legal conceptions of creativity challenged in a digital context. This means that the article opens a multidisciplinary dialogue between the cognitive theory and the sociology of law, which here, for example, relates to studies in culture and technology, in order to speak of legal and social issues related to digitalization.

Keywords: metaphors, internet, conceptions, copyright, code, creativity, social change

Suggested Citation

Larsson, Stefan, Conceptions in the Code: What 'the Copyright Wars' Tell Us About Creativity, Social Change and Normative Conflicts in the Digital Society (August 20, 2012). Societal Studies, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 1009-1030, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2174334

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Lund, S221 00
Sweden

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