Stefan Larsson

in Conceptions in the Code

Published in print February 2017 | ISBN: 9780190650384
Published online January 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780190650414 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Language and Law


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The chapter utilises the conceptual metaphor theory outlined above to analyse how the concept of “copy” in copyright law is expanding in a digital society to cover more phenomena than originally intended. The chapter uses a model for valuating files in monetary numbers suggested by the American plaintiffs and sanctioned by the District Court in the case against the founders of The Pirate Bay in order to calculate the total value of an entire BitTorrent site. These calculated hypothetical figures are huge—EUR 53 billion—and grow click by click. And that amount itself questions some of the key assumptions in the copy-by-copy valuation that are sprung from analogue conceptions of reality and transferred into a digital context. This signals a (legal) conceptual expansion of the meaning of “copy” in copyright that does not seem to fit with how the phenomenon is conceptualised by many media consumers.

Keywords: copyright law; The Pirate Bay; metaphor; analogue; digital; conceptual metaphor theory; BitTorrent; media consumers

Chapter.  8557 words. 

Subjects: Psycholinguistics

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