Pirate Politics: The New Information Policy Conflicts

Pirate Politics: The New Information Policy Conflicts

Patrick Burkart considers the democratic potential and theoretical significance of groups espousing radical perspectives on intellectual property and cyber-liberty.  Focusing on the Swedish Pirate Party, Burkart details the history of these movements, noting the ways in which they have impacted both the local politics of Europe and the international culture industries.  Employing conceptual models drawn from both critical theory and new social movement theory, Burkart makes a compelling case that the politics of piracy must understood as a defense of common culture.  Just as social movements have come together to protect the environment, pirate politics aim to keep the Internet a space in individual and communal rights are not overrun by the interests of governments and corporations.”

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