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This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Taylor & Francis, 2013.
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Copyright, as currently understood, is justified by the belief that the protection it grants to creators incentivizes the continued creation of works deemed culturally beneficial to society. However, its use can be less altruistic, as a means of suppressing embarrassing or controversial information. The ability to disseminate sensitive material quickly through the Internet concerns both state and non-state actors, and there are indications that, through the use of private intermediaries, copyright can be used to suppress speech. This article seeks to explain how the current neoliberal system of governance blurs the line between public and private actors, creating a diffused and decentralized system of copyright enforcement that allows for the suppression of speech in a way that avoids discussion of censorship.
Author(s): Farrand B
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Information Technology and Politics
Print publication date: 01/10/2013
Online publication date: 18/09/2013
Date deposited: 06/04/2019
ISSN (print): 1933-1681
ISSN (electronic): 1933-169X
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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