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Type: Conference paper
Title: The challenges of intellectual property for users of Social Networking Sites: a case study of Ravelry
Author: Humphreys, S.
Citation: Mindtrek : Proceedings of the 12th international conference on Entertainment and media in the ubiquitous era, 7-10 October, 2008; pp.125-130
Publisher: ACM
Publisher Place: New York
Issue Date: 2008
ISBN: 9781605581972
Conference Name: MindTrek 2008 (12th : 2008 : Tampere, Finland)
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Sal Humphreys
Abstract: 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.
Description: Copyright © 2009 ACM, Inc.
RMID: 0020092246
DOI: 10.1145/1457199.1457227
Published version: http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1457199.1457227
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