Treasuring IP: free culture, media piracy and the international pirate party movement

Lisa Dobbin, Martin J. Zeilinger

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This chapter concerns the emergence and growing popularity of the international pirate party movement. We survey critical approaches to the phenomenon of piracy, consider the usefulness of this concept in discussions of digital practices commonly labelled ‘media piracy’, and discuss the role of the pirate parties in opposing conflicts around these practices. Contrasting the international pirate party movement with the historical figure of the maritime pirate, we approach the modern-day pirates through Christopher Kelty’s concept of the ‘geek’, which describes individuals motivated by the desire to preserve their ability to use digital tools for the sharing of information.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe SAGE handbook of intellectual property
EditorsMatthew David, Debora Halbert
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSAGE Publications Inc.
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781473910027
ISBN (Print)9781446266342
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Copyright
  • Digital media
  • Digital technology
  • Fair use
  • Intellectual property
  • Lawrence Lessig
  • Libertarianism


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