[Air-L] New book: Authors, Users, and Pirates: Copyright Law and Subjectivity

James Meese James.Meese at uts.edu.au
Sun Feb 4 15:20:04 PST 2018

*Apologies for cross-posting*

Dear colleagues,

Just writing to let you know that my forthcoming monograph is available
for pre-order.

http://bit.ly/2n6FfoK (MIT Press)
http://bit.ly/2DDg7jG (Book Depository)
http://amzn.to/2Dxfpk0 (Amazon)

The book covers major debates around copyright and digital media including
YouTube monetisation, ownership of Instagram photos and the SOPA/PIPA
protests. It also analyses recent cases from the U.S., U.K., Australia and
Canada around copyright infringement and digital distribution. I¹ve tried
to make it an accessible read with limited legalese so sections could
potentially function as an introduction to copyright law for students.

Best wishes,



Authors, Users, and Pirates: Copyright Law and Subjectivity

In current debates over copyright law, the author, the user, and the
pirate are almost always invoked. Some in the creative industries call for
more legal protection for authors; activists and academics promote user
rights and user-generated content; and online pirates openly challenge the
strict enforcement of copyright law. In this book, James Meese offers a
new way to think about these three central subjects of copyright law,
proposing a relational framework that encompasses all three. Meese views
authors, users, and pirates as interconnected subjects, analyzing them as
a relational triad. He argues that addressing the relationships among the
three subjects will shed light on how the key conceptual underpinnings of
copyright law are justified in practice.

Meese presents a series of historical and contemporary examples, from
nineteenth-century cases of book abridgement to recent controversies over
the reuse of Instagram photos. He not only considers the author, user, and
pirate in terms of copyright law, but also explores the experiential
element of subjectivity - how people understand and construct their own
subjectivity in relation to these three subject positions. Meese maps the
emergence of the author, user, and pirate over the first two centuries of
copyright¹s existence; describes how regulation and technological
limitations turned people from creators to consumers; considers relational
authorship; explores practices in sampling, music licensing, and
contemporary art; examines provisions in copyright law for user-generated
content; and reimagines the pirate as an innovator.

James Meese
Lecturer and Discipline Head
Digital and Social Media
School of Communication

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
T. +61 (02) 9514 2955
PO Box 123. Broadway NSW 2007 Australia

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