Popular media governance: the great tinseltown shakedown

Cvetkovski, Trajce (2012). Popular media governance: the great tinseltown shakedown. In: Australian Political Science Association Conference (APSA) 2012, Hobart, Tasmania, (). 24-26 September 2012.

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Author Cvetkovski, Trajce
Title of paper Popular media governance: the great tinseltown shakedown
Conference name Australian Political Science Association Conference (APSA) 2012
Conference location Hobart, Tasmania
Conference dates 24-26 September 2012
Convener School of Government, University of Tasmania
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
Collection year 2013
Language eng
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This paper is concerned with interacting technological challenges facing popular media governance. It examines the unresolved issues with media piracy and consumption in the West. Piracy in music, film and gaming is as much about the future of formal copyright governance as it is about morality and freedom of expression. The recent High Court decision in the iiNet case (April 2012) has raised questions about the future of governance in popular media and its alter ego, copyright.

Corporations collectively control the bulk of popular media, and represent the cultural arms of only a handful of corporate citizens (‘Hollywood’ and the music ‘majors’). Copyright governance forms the core of popular media, and the concentrated intangible rights are aggressively and jealously guarded by the dominant few. Technological change has enabled convergent consumption patterns, but is an illegal consumer bad or immoral because copyright laws state the act of copyright infringement is against the law? History reveals what social networking in the world of digitalization now tells us – consumers have always engaged in concurrent legal and illegal popular media consumption. Convergent consumption is not new – file sharing is the latest development. However the governing few which have established the status quo strongly resist external technological challenges. The corporate elite which govern the bulk of copyright continue to strictly preserve the formal legal structures in which copyrights exist. This paper argues the legal reality is that the façade of popular media governance has been seriously challenged in the 21st Century.
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