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Peers, Pirates and Persuasion: Rhetoric in the Peer-to-Peer Debates by John Logie

Peers, Pirates and Persuasion: Rhetoric in the Peer-to-Peer Debates by John Logie

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Peers, Pirates, and Persuasion: Rhetoric in the Peer-to-Peer Debates investigates the role of rhetoric in shaping public perceptions about a novel technology: peer-to-peer file-sharing networks. While broadband Internet services now allow speedy transfers of complex media files, Americans face real uncertainty about whether peer-to-peer file sharing is or should be legal. John Logie analyzes the public arguments growing out of more than five years of debate sparked by the advent of Napster, the first widely adopted peer-to-peer technology. The debate continues with the second wave of peer-to-peer file transfer utilities like Limewire, KaZaA, and BitTorrent. With Peers, Pirates, and Persuasion, Logie joins the likes of Lawrence Lessig, Siva Vaidhyanathan, Jessica Litman, and James Boyle in the ongoing effort to challenge and change current copyright law so that it fulfills its purpose of fostering creativity and innovation while protecting the rights of artists in an attention economy.

Logie examines metaphoric frames—warfare, theft, piracy, sharing, and hacking, for example—that dominate the peer-to-peer debates and demonstrably shape public policy on the use and exchange of digital media. Peers, Pirates, and Persuasion identifies the Napster case as a failed opportunity for a productive national discussion on intellectual property rights and responsibilities in digital environments. Logie closes by examining the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the “Grokster” case, in which leading peer-to-peer companies were found to be actively inducing copyright infringement. The Grokster case, Logie contends, has already produced the chilling effects that will stifle the innovative spirit at the heart of the Internet and networked communities.

About the Author
John Logie is Associate Professor of Rhetoric at the University of Minnesota.
(c) 2006 by Parlor Press
http://www.parlorpress.com

Peers, Pirates, and Persuasion: Rhetoric in the Peer-to-Peer Debates investigates the role of rhetoric in shaping public perceptions about a novel technology: peer-to-peer file-sharing networks. While broadband Internet services now allow speedy transfers of complex media files, Americans face real uncertainty about whether peer-to-peer file sharing is or should be legal. John Logie analyzes the public arguments growing out of more than five years of debate sparked by the advent of Napster, the first widely adopted peer-to-peer technology. The debate continues with the second wave of peer-to-peer file transfer utilities like Limewire, KaZaA, and BitTorrent. With Peers, Pirates, and Persuasion, Logie joins the likes of Lawrence Lessig, Siva Vaidhyanathan, Jessica Litman, and James Boyle in the ongoing effort to challenge and change current copyright law so that it fulfills its purpose of fostering creativity and innovation while protecting the rights of artists in an attention economy.

Logie examines metaphoric frames—warfare, theft, piracy, sharing, and hacking, for example—that dominate the peer-to-peer debates and demonstrably shape public policy on the use and exchange of digital media. Peers, Pirates, and Persuasion identifies the Napster case as a failed opportunity for a productive national discussion on intellectual property rights and responsibilities in digital environments. Logie closes by examining the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the “Grokster” case, in which leading peer-to-peer companies were found to be actively inducing copyright infringement. The Grokster case, Logie contends, has already produced the chilling effects that will stifle the innovative spirit at the heart of the Internet and networked communities.

About the Author
John Logie is Associate Professor of Rhetoric at the University of Minnesota.

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Parlor Press LLC, 816 Robinson Street, West Lafayette, Indiana 47906This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCom-mercial-NoDerivs 2.5 License, with no prejudice to any material quotedfrom
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orother texts under fair use principles. To view a copy of this license, visithttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/or send a letter to Cre-ative Commons, 543 Howard Street, 5th Floor, San Francisco, California,94105, USA.© 2006 by Parlor Press All rights reserved.Printed in the United States of AmericaS A N: 2 5 4 – 8 8 7 9Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataLogie, John.Peers, pirates, and persuasion : rhetoric in the peer-to-peer debates / JohnLogie.p. cm.Includes bibliographical references and index.ISBN 978-1-60235-005-2 (pbk. : alk. paper) -- ISBN 978-1-60235-006-9(Adobe ebook)1. Sound recordings--Pirated editions--United States. 2. Music trade--Law and legislation--United States. 3. Peer-to-peer architecture (Computernetworks)--Law and legislation--United States. 4. Downloading of data--Law and legislation--United States. I. Title.KF3045.4.L64 2006346.7304’82--dc222006103287Cover and book design by David Blakesley “Digital Audio” © by Ben Goode. Used by permission.“Skull and Cross Bones” © by Lewis Wright. Used by permission.Printed on acid-free paper.Parlor Press, LLC is an independent publisher of scholarly and trade ti-tles in print and multimedia formats. This book is available in paper-back, cloth, and Adobe eBook formats from Parlor Press on the Internet athttp://www.parlorpress.comor through online and brick-and-mortar book-stores. For submission information or to find out about Parlor Press publi-cations, write to Parlor Press, 816 Robinson Street, West Lafayette, Indiana,47906, or e-mail editor@parlorpress.com.

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