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Author Allen-Robertson, James, 1985-
Title Digital culture industry [electronic resource] : a history of digital distribution / by James Allen-Robertson
Imprint Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
book jacket
Descript 1 online resource
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Introduction -- 1. Writing a Digital History with Digital Documents -- 2. MP3.com and Napster: The Entrepreneurs of Risk -- 3. GNUtella: Decentralising the Masses -- 4. FastTrack: The Business of Piracy -- 5. BitTorrent: Revolution in the Network -- 6. Hacking the Market -- 7. New Media Gatekeepers -- 8. A History of Digital Distribution
Through detailed intricate histories of illicit Internet piracy networks, Digital Culture Industry goes beyond the Napster creation myth and illuminates the unseen individuals, conflict and code behind the turn to digital media distribution. By utilising the internet as an archive of digital documents, the author presents unique histories of sites such as MP3.com and The Pirate Bay, and illuminates the software, values and people behind networks such as GNUtella and BitTorrent. By examining topics such as hacker ideology, data rights management and the ownership of digital media, this book demonstrates how our relationship to media objects has been transformed by digital distribution. The book also examines the method behind the work and demonstrates how digital documents can be utilised for historical research. It argues for histories that account for detail, the unintended and the impact that code can have on the trajectory of social change
Description based on print version record
Palgrave
Link Print version: Allen-Robertson, James, 1985- Digital culture industry 9781137033468 (DLC) 2013003241 (OCoLC)820434215
Subject Computer file sharing -- History
Peer-to-peer architecture (Computer networks) -- History
Digital media -- History
Computer files -- Law and legislation
Mass media -- Technological innovations
Internet entertainment -- History
Electronic books. local
Alt Author Palgrave Connect (Online service)
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