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Rip, Mix, Burn: The Politics of Peer to Peer and Copyright Law
First Monday (2002)
  • Kathy Bowrey, The University of New South Wales
  • Matthew Rimmer, Australian National University College of Law
Whereas Lessig's recent work engages with questions of culture and creativity in society, this paper looks at the role of culture and creativity in the law. The paper evaluates the Napster, DeCSS, Felten and Sklyarov litigation in terms of the new social, legal, economic and cultural relations being produced. This involves a deep discussion of law's economic relations, and the implications of this for litigation strategy. The paper concludes with a critique of recent attempts to define copyright law in terms of first amendment rights and communicative freedom.
  • Copyright law,
  • peer to peer networks,
  • technological protection measures,
  • constitutional law,
  • first amendment rights,
  • Napster,
  • Freenet,
  • Kazaa,
  • 2600 Magazine,
  • Ed Felten,
  • Dmitry Sklyarov.
Publication Date
August 1, 2002
Citation Information
Kathy Bowrey and Matthew Rimmer. "Rip, Mix, Burn: The Politics of Peer to Peer and Copyright Law" First Monday Vol. 7 Iss. 8 (2002)
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