Piracy and Authorship in New Media Art
The act of creation requires us to remix existing cultural content and yet recent sweeping
changes to copyright laws have criminalized the creative act as a violation of corporate
rights in a commodified world. Copyright was originally designed to protect publishers,
not authors, and has now gained a stranglehold on our ability to transport, read, write,
teach and publish digital materials. Contrasting Western models with issues of piracy as
practiced in Asia, Digital Prohibition is the first book to discuss the global politics of creative
work and emergentmodels of authorship in a digital age.
"As current as 'the day Wikipedia shut down in protest,' Guertin's deeply informed,
wide-ranging, and provocative book resituates the questions of net freedom, intellectual
property, digital distribution, and censorship. This is a heady and vibrant series
arguments and speculative forays."
PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH AND MEDIA STUDIES, VASSAR COLLEGE
"Carolyn Guertin has long been embedded in the digital, both as a practitioner and as a critic.
Her insightful and provocative ideas should be part of every new media syllabus."
PROFESSOR OF NEW MEDIA , DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY, U.K