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Conceptions in the Code: How Metaphors Explain Legal Challenges in Digital Times

Stefan Larsson


This book makes a significant contribution to sociolegal analysis and also represents a valuable contribution to conceptual metaphor theory. By utilising the case of copyright in a digital context it explains the role that metaphor plays when the law is dealing with technological change, displaying both ‘conceptual path dependence’, normative implications of reusing already established concepts for new phenomena, as well as what is called non-legislative developments in the law. The analysis draws from conceptual studies of ‘property’ in intellectual property, and shows how the property regime ... More

Keywords: sociolegal analysis, conceptual metaphor theory, copyright, intellectual property, metaphor, file- sharing, The Pirate Bay, path dependence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190650384
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190650384.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stefan Larsson, author
Researcher and Associate Professor in Technology and Social Change, Lund University Internet Institute