The challenges of intellectual property for users of Social Networking Sites: A case study of Ravelry

Humphreys, Sal M. (2008) The challenges of intellectual property for users of Social Networking Sites: A case study of Ravelry. In Mind Trek, 7-10 October 2008, Tampere, Finland.

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This paper examines how the complexity of motivations and practices found in a specialist social networking site intersect with the institution of intellectual property (IP). IP is a set of conventions and legal practices which evolved in a very different environment of production and distribution. In a co-creative social networking site we find a concatenation of amateurs, semi-professionals and professionals, occupying multiple roles in gifting economies, reputation economies, monetised charitable economies and full commercial economies. People use, buy, sell, give away, and consume in this mixed economy that can be characterised as a 'social network market' [8]. The users of online social networking sites (SNS) find themselves having to come to grips with the complexity of IP law in order to participate fully. This paper uses Ravelry, a specialist SNS for knitters and spinners, to analyse the negotiations that take place around IP in a social network market, in particular the way the discourse of copyright is mobilised to negotiate the territory between amateurs and professionals.

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ID Code: 14858
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Social networking Sites, Intellectual Property, Social Network Markets
ISBN: 9781605581972
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Screen and Media Culture (200212)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Intellectual Property Law (180115)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Copyright Statement: This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of ACM for your personal use. Not for
redistribution. The definitive version was published in Proceedings MindTrek 2008, October 6–9, 2008, Tampere, FINLAND.
Deposited On: 15 Sep 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 06 May 2016 03:59

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