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Big Content's Big Blunders: Anti-piracy measures in the entertainment and copyright industries
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis examines the on-going anti-piracy and anti-file sharing measures taken by media conglomerates and big content as misguided attempts at addressing changing consumer expectations and social and technological norms. These measures include legislation such as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), and Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA); and litigation against both extremes of the spectrum: from the world's largest file sharing search engines like The Pirate Bay, and cyberlockers like MegaUpload, to private citizens who illegally downloaded a few movies or a few songs. The manner in which the entertainment industry's largest, most expensive, and highest-profile anti-piracy measures in the recent years have been received by groups from IT corporations to human rights organizations, researchers, politicians, legal and internet experts, and millions of citizens worldwide are of focus; and how this translates into an unpopular public image is explored. Piracy is underlined as a service and distribution problem, and various international studies are presented in exploring the relationship between illegal downloading and legal purchases.

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2013. , 61 p.
Keyword [en]
File sharing, piracy, digital distribution, copyright infringement, anti-piracy, copy culture, SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, CISPA, The Pirate Bay, MegaUpload, Steam, Aaron Swartz, Pirate Party, MPAA, RIAA, Netflix, HBO, Cybernormer, BitTorrent
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Studies on Film Media Studies Information Systems, Social aspects Human Aspects of ICT
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-107225OAI: diva2:744122
Available from: 2014-10-16 Created: 2014-09-06 Last updated: 2014-10-16Bibliographically approved

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