By John Logie
Friends, PIRATES, AND PERSUASION: RHETORIC within the PEER-TO-PEER DEBATES investigates the position of rhetoric in shaping public perceptions a few novel know-how: peer-to-peer file-sharing networks. whereas broadband net prone now permit fast transfers of advanced media records, american citizens face actual uncertainty approximately no matter if peer-to-peer dossier sharing is or may be felony. John Logie analyzes the general public arguments transforming into out of greater than 5 years of dialogue sparked through the appearance of Napster, the 1st generally followed peer-to-peer know-how. the talk keeps with the second one wave of peer-to-peer dossier move utilities like Limewire, KaZaA, and BitTorrent. With friends, PIRATES, AND PERSUASION, Logie joins the likes of Lawrence Lessig, Siva Vaidhyanathan, Jessica Litman, and James Boyle within the ongoing attempt to problem and alter present copyright legislations in order that it fulfills its function of fostering creativity and innovation whereas conserving the rights of artists in an recognition economic climate. Logie examines metaphoric frames-warfare, robbery, piracy, sharing, and hacking, for example-that dominate the peer-to-peer debates and demonstrably form public coverage at the use and trade of electronic media. friends, PIRATES, AND PERSUASION identifies the Napster case as a failed chance for a efficient nationwide dialogue on highbrow estate rights and obligations in electronic environments. Logie closes by means of analyzing the U.S. ideally suited Court's ruling within the "Grokster" case, during which best peer-to-peer businesses have been chanced on to be actively inducing copyright infringement. The Grokster case, Logie contends, has already produced the chilling results that might stifle the leading edge spirit on the center of the web and networked groups. concerning the writer John Logie is affiliate Professor of Rhetoric on the college of Minnesota.
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0, the New York Times refers to “Mr. ” Because Napster persists as the emblematic example of a peer-to-peer network among members of the general public, this inaccurate presentation of Fanning as more cracker than hacker is also perpetuated. The ultimate consequence is that it is now common for legislators and members of the lay public to misconstrue the whole of peer-to-peer file transfers—a staple phenomenon within the Internet—as an expression of hackers’ characteristic transgressions against traditional property lines.
T]he Napster crew loved it. Hanks thought he was done. But [Napster cofounder Sean Parker] called a week or so afterward, pointing out that the eyes and nose looked like a mustache and a goatee. “So I stuck in a little smirk,” Hanks said. Not long afterward, Parker called again. “Some of the venture-capital guys think it looks like Satan,” he said. Hanks asked what Napster users thought of it, and Parker said they loved it. ” Hanks asked, exasperated. ” Parker decided the logo would stay. Later, he thought that the cat image appropriately evoked stealth and thievery.