The Digital Rights Movement: The Role of Technology in Subverting Digital Copyright

The Digital Rights Movement: The Role of Technology in Subverting Digital Copyright

This book shows that what began as an assertion of consumer rights to digital content has become something broader: a movement concerned not just with consumers and gadgets but with cultural ownership.

Publication date: 01 Oct 2012

ISBN-10: n/a

ISBN-13: 9780262017954

Paperback: 256 pages

Views: 1,231

Type: Book

Publisher: The MIT Press

License: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported

Post time: 19 Nov 2016 12:00:00

The Digital Rights Movement: The Role of Technology in Subverting Digital Copyright

The Digital Rights Movement: The Role of Technology in Subverting Digital Copyright This book shows that what began as an assertion of consumer rights to digital content has become something broader: a movement concerned not just with consumers and gadgets but with cultural ownership.
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Publication date: 01 Oct 2012
ISBN-10: n/a
ISBN-13: 9780262017954
Paperback: 256 pages
Views: 1,231
Document Type: Book
Publisher: The MIT Press
License: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported
Post time: 19 Nov 2016 12:00:00
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The movement against restrictive digital copyright protection arose largely in response to the excesses of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998. In The Digital Rights Movement, Hector Postigo shows that what began as an assertion of consumer rights to digital content has become something broader: a movement concerned not just with consumers and gadgets but with cultural ownership. Increasingly stringent laws and technological measures are more than incoveniences; they lock up access to our “cultural commons.”

Postigo describes the legislative history of the DMCA and how policy “blind spots” produced a law at odds with existing and emerging consumer practices. Yet the DMCA established a political and legal rationale brought to bear on digital media, the Internet, and other new technologies. Drawing on social movement theory and science and technology studies, Postigo presents case studies of resistance to increased control over digital media, describing a host of tactics that range from hacking to lobbying.

Postigo discusses the movement’s new, user-centered conception of “fair use” that seeks to legitimize noncommercial personal and creative uses such as copying legitimately purchased content and remixing music and video tracks. He introduces the concept of technological resistance--when hackers and users design and deploy technologies that allows access to digital content despite technological protection mechanisms--as the flip side to the technological enforcement represented by digital copy protection and a crucial tactic for the movement.

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Hector Postigo is Associate Professor in the Department of Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Mass Media in the School of Communications and Theater at Temple University.

Hector Postigo

Hector Postigo is Associate Professor in the Department of Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Mass Media in the School of Communications and Theater at Temple University.


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