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Discourse, justification and critique: towards a legitimate digital copyright regime?

Edwards, Lee, Klein, Bethany, Lee, David, Moss, Giles and Philip, Fiona (2014) Discourse, justification and critique: towards a legitimate digital copyright regime? International Journal of Cultural Policy, 21 (1). pp. 60-77. ISSN 1028-6632

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Identification Number: 10.1080/10286632.2013.874421

Abstract

Digitization and the internet have posed an acute economic challenge to rights holders in the cultural industries. Faced with a threat to their form of capital accumulation from copyright infringement, rights holders have used discourse strategically in order to try and legitimate and strengthen their position in the digital copyright debate with governments and media users. In so doing, they have appealed to general justificatory principles – about what is good, right, and just – that provide some scope for opposition and critique, as other groups contest their interpretation of these principles and the evidence used to support them. In this article, we address the relative lack of academic attention paid to the role of discourse in copyright debates by analysing user-directed marketing campaigns and submissions to UK government policy consultations. We show how legitimacy claims are justified and critiqued, and conclude that amid these debates rests some hope of achieving a more legitimate policy resolution to the copyright wars – or at least the possibility of beginning a more constructive dialogue.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/gcul20/current
Additional Information: © 2017 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2017 10:48
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 05:35
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/85091

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