Less is More: Copyright som censur i Control Societies, och hur mindre censur tenderar att bli mer reglering
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
In what French philosopher Gilles Deleuze labelled Control Societies, mechanisms reminiscent of censorship – that is, restriction of information that administrators of power wish to regulate the spreading of – are present in the concept of copyright. This kind of censorship has the advantage of not being scrutinized by public eyes in the way that the work of institutionalized censorship agencies such as the Swedish Statens Biografbyrå was. It is not unlikely that expanded possibilities for punishing anyone who spreads copyrighted material will result in larger and larger areas that may not be accessed, as the avoiding of conflict and repressive actions will emphasize the behaviour to take detours around information that is deemed taboo and therefore suspicious and dangerous. The ACTA trade agreement is one proposed tool for such extended possibilities for punishment.
This essay does not however claim that copyright and censorship are the same – but rather that the institutional execution of power that was previously a matter of state censorship has a lot of similarities with current and prognosticated application of copyright laws by corporations. While claiming to protect the individual, the disciplinary power executed actually aims to protect the one executing it; the purpose of the power structure is to replicate itself.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 50 p.
Control societies, censorship, copyright, ACTA, corporate power, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Panopticon, internet surveillance.
Studies on Film
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-77198OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-77198DiVA: diva2:530535
Koskinen, Maaret, Dr