A Tale of Two Rights: Mediating between P2P Owners and Digital Copyright Holders

Internet, Law and Politics Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Internet, Law & Politics. Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, 3-4 July, 2014

25 Pages Posted: 23 Jul 2014

Date Written: July 4, 2014

Abstract

The emergence of peer-to-peer file sharing technology revolutionises the discourse around copyright infringement. This new pirate of digital technology poses challenges not only to legal structures but it redefines tensions among various stakeholders: artists and creators genuine users of copyrighted works, content industries and technologists. They threaten cultural production turning users to consumers without effort to become producers. Conversely, it is contended that such software increase collaborative interactions and change the way we perceive social and communicative structures. A caveat is that the response of law when juxtapose with technological changes in the internet itself, has heavily increased the effective regulation of creativity. This paper examines the early debate around the regulation of P2P software. Can there be a middle ground?

Keywords: Copyright, dual-use technology, authorisation, secondary infringement, peer-to-peer.

Suggested Citation

Faturoti, Bukola, A Tale of Two Rights: Mediating between P2P Owners and Digital Copyright Holders (July 4, 2014). Internet, Law and Politics Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Internet, Law & Politics. Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, 3-4 July, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2469801

Bukola Faturoti (Contact Author)

University of Hertfordshire ( email )

Hertfordshire Law School, De Havilland Campus,
Mosquito Way,
Hatfield, AL10 9EU
United Kingdom

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