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Digital Prohibition:
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 emergent models 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 of interlaced arguments and speculative forays."

MICHAEL JOYCE
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."

SUE THOMAS
PROFESSOR OF NEW MEDIA , DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY, U.K









 
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The Wandering Meimei/Meimei Liu Lang Ji project tells the story of a Chinese migrant woman factory worker on the frontlines of globalization. One of 200 million girls and young women who toil impossibly long hours on assembly lines in Asia, Meimei's connection to her world is maintained through her mobile phone. It is not without irony that she spends her days helping to build them. What technology she uses, what she believes in, and what she reads and she writes will shape the future of her nation. Wandering Meimei uses the interactivity of a mobile app to allow the reader to meet Meimei and discover the world where she makes everything we own and wear. The project combines an interactive app with a social media site for the Chinese market.

As reviewed in The Huffington Post.

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