Media 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. An illegal consumer is t a bad or immoral person because copyright laws state the act of copyright infringement is against the law. History reveals what social networking in the world of digitalization w tells us - consumers have always engaged in legal and illegal popular media consumption. Convergent consumption patterns are t new - file sharing is the latest development. However the dominant few which have established the status quo over several decades strongly resist external techlogical challenges. The corporate elite which control the bulk of popular media and their copyrights strictly preserve the formal legal structures in which copyrights exist. But the legal reality is that the facade of copyright governance has been seriously challenged in the 21st Century. This book explores the unresolved issues concerned with media piracy and consumption.
TRAJCE CVETKOVSKI has taught the Politics of Law and Governance at the University of Queensland, Australia, since 2002; and was commended by the Faculty for outstanding contribution to student learning in 2009 and 2011. He holds a PhD (Political Science) degree from the University of Queensland. He has practised as a Barrister in Australia since 1996, and also practised as a Solicitor in England. His research interests include the 'politics of law', popular media and corporate citizenship generally. He is currently interested in technological change and the future of copyright.