The Gray Zone: Networks of Piracy, Control, & Resistance

Burcu S. Bakioǧlu (2016) The gray zone: Networks of piracy, control, and resistance, The Information Society, 32:1, 2016, Vol. 32, No. 1, 40-50, DOI: 10.1080/01972243.2015.1107164 Published online: 22 Dec 2016.

Posted: 21 Jul 2013 Last revised: 11 Jan 2016

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Burcu Bakioglu

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Date Written: July 12, 2013

Abstract

Taking Operation Payback and the broader context provided by The Pirate Bay as a point of reference, I consider the role of network-based initiatives in shaping the digital rights movement. I argue that Operation Payback is a significant milestone in copyright controversies because it exposed formal and informal, legal and extralegal strategies that have crystallized into an intricate business model around intellectual property. The most consequential outcome of this operation was that it created a focus on privacy violations that occurred at the behest of copyright, and thus, revealed the tensions between intellectual property and privacy. In so doing, it brought privacy concerns front and center, galvanizing unprecedented support for the digital rights movement.

Keywords: digital rights movement, piracy, copyright, hacktivism, Anonymous, The Pirate Bay, Operation Payback

Suggested Citation

Bakioglu, Burcu, The Gray Zone: Networks of Piracy, Control, & Resistance (July 12, 2013). Burcu S. Bakioǧlu (2016) The gray zone: Networks of piracy, control, and resistance, The Information Society, 32:1, 2016, Vol. 32, No. 1, 40-50, DOI: 10.1080/01972243.2015.1107164 Published online: 22 Dec 2016.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2293105 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2293105

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