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Jessica L. Beyer

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199330751

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199330751.001.0001

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The Pirate Bay

The Pirate Bay

Contribution to Mobilization

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Jessica L. Beyer

Oxford University Press

Chapter 3 examines political mobilization on The Pirate Bay, a popular file-sharing site. It argues that in the case of The Pirate Bay, the technological space appears to be anonymous, unregulated, and based on commercial exchange, but it allows users to behave in ways that put them in direct conflict with legal norms and various authorities, including the United States and influential corporations. Additionally, the leadership of The Pirate Bay stands as the jetty in the legal sea of copyright issues, taking the legal attacks of the recording industry on behalf of its users and articulating file-sharing as a political act, which furthers the site’s function as a political platform.

Keywords:   The Pirate Bay, file-sharing, Pirate Party, politics, protest, hacktivism, digital rights, Sweden, online community

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