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Download e-book for iPad: Stealing Empire: P2P, Intellectual Property and Hip-Hop by Adam Haupt

By Adam Haupt

ISBN-10: 0796922098

ISBN-13: 9780796922090

Utilizing the paintings of Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt as a place to begin, this groundbreaking inquiry poses the query What percentages for business enterprise exist within the age of company globalization? matters surrounding copyright through peer-to-peer (P2P) structures akin to Napster, unfastened speech struggles, debates approximately entry to details, and open-content licenses are tested. The wide ranging effect of worldwide company monopolist traits on elements of media tradition and formative years tradition are mentioned, and choices to proprietary versions for the creation of data and tradition, akin to open-source software program and artistic Commons licenses, are thought of. even if interpreting empire stealing via commoditization of countercultures, or the stealing empire actions of file-sharers and hip-hop activists, the dynamic rigidity between industry, group, and individual are provided for legislation, media, and cultural stories students.

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The exploited subject of Empire is remarkably different from the exploited proletariat described by Marx at the turn of the previous century. Marx’s proletariat was, typically, an unskilled worker on a factory production line, completing mind-numbingly repetitive tasks as a part of a larger assembly. Hardt and Negri’s exploited subject, on the other hand, is a skilled worker who is able to use her intellectual and creative resources in her challenge to the operation of Empire. In Time for Revolution, Antonio Negri argues that the ‘conditions for Marx’s notion of exploitation are over, because industrial production is no longer fundamental and has become only a simple consequence of the productive activity of the political base’ (Negri 2003: 233).

Mamdani states that journalists from a number of newspapers went to Nassariyah after the conclusion of the us invasion of Iraq in order to confirm the reports that they had received about Lynch. They ascertained that the soldier had ‘a fractured arm and leg and a dislocated ankle’ and that these wounds ‘were not caused by bullets but by an accident in the truck in which she traveled’ (Mamdani 2004: 197). According to Mamdani, ‘American doctors who later examined her confirmed this fact’ (2004: 197).

However, as Baudrillard argues, this system is only functional when subjects believe that a clear boundary exists between the ‘real’ and the ‘imaginary’, whereas these categories have in fact become indistinguishable. Dominant media representations of both the real (news coverage of scandals or events in the Middle East) and the imaginary (fictional Hollywood representations) therefore serve to validate and legitimate the operation of Empire. These very means can be employed to issue challenges to Empire from within.

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