Internet software piracy in China: a user analysis of resistance to global software copyright enforcement

Lu, Jia and Weber, Ian (2009) Internet software piracy in China: a user analysis of resistance to global software copyright enforcement. Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 2 (4). pp. 298-317. ISSN 1751-3057


China's entry into the global networked society has raised considerable debate over what is derived from the development and expansion of information and communication
technologies (ICTs). One of the hotly debated issues is Internet copyright piracy, which is critical to the credibility and stability of China's membership to the global networked society. This paper examines Chinese users' online discussion about Internet software piracy as local resistance to global copyright enforcement exercised through globalization processes. The study uses Mittelman and Chin's (2005) framework of Polanyi's (1957)
counter-hegemony and Gramsci's (1971) counter-movements as a heuristic device to conceptualize the resistance points to globalization located within the dominant discourse
on intellectual property rights, specifically Internet software piracy, by Chinese Internet users. Gee's (2002) discourse analysis framework is applied to produce seven recurring themes within online postings: cost, convenience, software companies, foreign developed countries, China's development, Chinese culture, and moral dilemma. The analysis on these dominant themes illustrates the cultural models held by Chinese users towards the issues of Internet software piracy: Internet as a public domain, socialist market economy, patriotism, and Chinese culture. These cultural models represent different types of resistance in Mittelman and Chin's (2005) framework. Meanwhile, these resistance positions are integrated under the notion of Chinese nationalism to constitute a complete set of counter-discourses to global software copyright enforcement.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Date Deposited: 27 May 2010 10:28
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2014 01:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: internet; software piracy; China; globalization; local resistance
Fields of Research (2008): 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180115 Intellectual Property Law
16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160503 Communications and Media Policy
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080703 Human Information Behaviour
Fields of Research (2020): 48 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 4806 Private law and civil obligations > 480603 Intellectual property law
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4407 Policy and administration > 440701 Communications and media policy
46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4610 Library and information studies > 461002 Human information behaviour
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
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