Gary Hall on Thu, 6 Dec 2007 18:55:44 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime-ann> cfp: Culture Machine: Pirate Philosophy


Edited by Gary Hall

The Pirate Philosophy issue of Culture Machine will explore how the
development of various forms of so-called internet piracy are affecting
ideas of authorship, intellectual property, copyright law, fair use,
patent, trademark, content creation and cultural production that were
established pre-internet.

We are looking for contributions which, among other things, engage
critically with:

   * the philosophy of internet piracy, peer-to-peer file sharing,
     Grokster, Kazaa, Gnutella, EDonkey, BitTorrent, Pirate Bay and so
   * attempts to develop new, different or alternative philosophies of
     content creation, intellectual property and/or copyright (e.g.
     those associated with open editing, open content, Creative Commons
     and copyleft licenses, Lawrence Lessig?s ?free culture?, the free
     software and open source movements, the work of Richard Stallman
     and Eric Raymond?);
   * the implications and consequences of the above for conceptions of
     the academic author, scholarly writing, publishing, pedagogy, the
     book, the journal, peer review and the institution of the
     university in the era of digital reproducibility;
   * efforts that have been made to scale-up the relations of production

     and distribution associated with peer-to-peer networks to form new
     participatory regimes of culture or new kinds of networked
     institutions, even plans for the future organisation of society.
     See the German Oekonux debate of 2000-2002, for example
   * the emergence out of peer-to-peer file networks of actual political

     ?Pirate Parties? in Sweden, Spain, Austria, Germany, USA, UK,
     France, Australia, Poland, Italy, Russia, Norway, and Belgium.

We envisage contributions to Culture Machine?s Pirate Philosophy issue
as falling into two broad (albeit crudely defined and distinguished)
categories: those that address the theme of piracy in their content; and

those that approach the subject by playing provocatively with the form
of their text.

We would especially like to encourage contributors to explore the
philosophy of internet piracy by creating actual ?pirate? texts we can
publish as part of the issue. We are open to and indeed very much
welcome suggestions as to what forms such ?pirate philosophy? might take

in practice. Possible examples include:

   * Mash-ups, only in this case with written texts - philosophical,
     literary, historical, psychoanalytic, political etc. - rather than
     music tracks being mixed together. (Instead of The Beatle?s The
     White Album and Jay-Z?s The Black Album, think Deleuze?s
     ?Postscript on Control Societies? and the US Bill of Rights);
   * Experiments with plagiarism and appropriation along the lines of
     Jonathan Lethem?s ?The Ecstasy of Influence: A Plagiarism?;
   * Texts generated by large groups of often anonymous people working
     according to open source, free content and open editing principles.
Wikipedia is
     the most well-known, but Culture Machine would like to promote the
     development of other instances of open source, open content and
open editing
     (and wikimedia), specifically with academic writing and publishing
     in mind.

The idea is to push the boundaries surrounding notions of piracy,
authorship, intellectual property, copyright law, fair use and so forth,

not just intellectually but legally too.

Deadline for submissions: February 2008

Gary Hall
Coventry School of Art and Design
Coventry University
Priory Street
Coventry CV1 5FB




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Paul Virilio, City of Panic (2005)
Charlie Gere, Art, Time & Technology (2006)
Clare Birchall, Knowledge Goes Pop: From Conspiracy Theory to Gossip

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Gary Hall
Professor of Media and Performing Arts
School of Art and Design, Coventry University
Director of the Cultural Studies Open Access Archive
Co-founder of the Open Humanities Press
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