Tag: Copyright

Hillary Clinton, Riot Grrrl and Subversive Property

I came late to riot grrrl. It was 2004 and there was a rush on tickets in Brisbane to see a band called Le Tigre. It seemed like every lesbian in the city was going. “What kind of music is it?” I asked my then girlfriend. “They’re girls”, she answered, “they shout a lot.” This…

Pirates in our public library: Why Indian scholars are closely watching a court case in Quebec

The online library aaaaarg.fail, which is being sued for copyright violation, gives researchers access to a wealth of vital texts that are inaccessible in the subcontinent. Originally published on Scroll.in and republished here with permission. In 2005, Sean Dockray did what any sensible government should have done for its students. The American artist set up a sharing-enabled platform…

Deconstructing Copyright

Derrida (and post-structuralism) on the “author” and copyright[Acknowledge] the importance of the desires and fantasms that are at stake in a proper name, a copyright, or a signature. (Jacques Derrida, “Limited Inc a b c …”) As Elton Fukumoto argues,1 the concept and ideology of the “author” developed in England during the 18th century as a…