[Air-l] music 'piracy' groups query

Logie john at logie.net
Thu Feb 8 12:38:57 PST 2007

Andrew -

Thanks for providing a timely opportunity for the following S.S.P.  
(shameless self-promotion). While my new book, "Peers, Pirates, and  
Persuasion: Rhetoric in the Peer-to-Peer Debates" does not directly  
address the subterranean groups who are now ripping and circulating  
files via P2P networks, it DOES feature chapters on the use of the  
terms "piracy" and "hacking/cracking" to describe P2P file transfers.

The text is available for free download at:


. . . thanks to my 21st-Century-forward-thinking publisher's approach  
to copyright (that's Parlor Press). The eBook circulates under a  
Creative Commons license, so you can print it out or  post it on your  
own favorite P2P network, and we won't sue. (Also can be purchased  
between covers via the big river.)

I hope it is helpful to you or anyone else who happens to be reading.


John Logie
Associate Professor of Rhetoric
University of Minnesota

On Feb 8, 2007, at 9:13 AM, Andrew Whelan wrote:

>  Dear all,
> I am researching the groups who 'rip' commercial CDs and vinyl for
> peer-to-peer distribution and wondered if anyone had come across  
> any reading
> on this phenomena. The only article I have been able to find  
> addressing this
> subject specifically is:
> Cooper, Jon, and Daniel Harrison. 2001. "The social organization of  
> audio
> piracy on the Internet." *Media, Culture and Society* vol. 23, no.  
> 1, pp.
> 71-89.
> Any suggestions as to material, especially on audio, or film  
> 'rippers', or
> indeed software 'cracker' groups, would be very much appreciated.
> Best wishes,
> Andrew Whelan
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