High prices for media goods, low incomes, and cheap digital technologies are the main ingredients of global media piracy. That’s the framework for Karaganis’ talk about the shifting boundary between licit and illicit access to media goods and the prospects for enforcement in the wake of SOPA. He’ll draw on two recent studies, ‘Media Piracy in Emerging Economies’ and ‘Copy Culture in the US and Germany,’ and preview an upcoming one on access to educational materials in universities.
Joe Karaganis joined The American Assembly at Columbia University as Vice President in 2010. His work focuses on the relationship between digital convergence and cultural production, and has recently included research on broadband adoption, data policy, and media piracy. He is the editor of The Politics of Open Source Adoption (2005), Structures of Participation in Digital Culture (2007), and Media Piracy in Emerging Economies (2011), among other work. Prior to joining the American Assembly, he was a program director at the Social Science Research Council in New York.