Competing Myths of Informal Economies

Megan Richardson and Jake Goldenfein, 'Competing Myths of Informal Economies' in Hunter, Lobato, Richardson, Thomas (eds) Amateur Media: Social, Cultural and Legal Perspectives (Taylor & Francis 2012)

Posted: 2 Dec 2017

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Megan Richardson

University of Melbourne - Law School

Jake Goldenfein

Swinburne Law School; Cornell Tech - Cornell University

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

Informal economies are sometimes mythologised as natural and productive while law is figured as oppressive. This commentary does not seek to contest the former myth, but argues that history can be used to construct another parallel myth of informal economies, one that sees law's character as more benign or even accommodating of informal actors and actions. By considering examples of whistle-blowing and crowd-sourcing, file-sharing, and collaborative production, we show the nature of legal institutions as less determined and more contingent on the role that law selects for itself.

Keywords: amateur media, copyright

Suggested Citation

Richardson, Megan and Goldenfein, Jake, Competing Myths of Informal Economies (2012). Megan Richardson and Jake Goldenfein, 'Competing Myths of Informal Economies' in Hunter, Lobato, Richardson, Thomas (eds) Amateur Media: Social, Cultural and Legal Perspectives (Taylor & Francis 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3076288

Megan Richardson (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne - Law School ( email )

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Jake Goldenfein

Swinburne Law School ( email )

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Melbourne, Victoria 3122
Australia

Cornell Tech - Cornell University ( email )

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New York, NY 10011
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