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The "Goodbye Petrovka" plan: moral economy of file sharing in Post-Soviet Ukraine


Haigh, Maria


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Abstract Ukraine, the second most populous of the former Soviet republics, had been named as one of the ten "priority countries" with "unacceptable piracy rates." Kiev's open-air Petrovka Market has become a symbol for the blatant distribution of pirated books, films, music, and software. As living standards and disposable incomes have risen dramatically in recent years, Ukrainians are turning increasingly toward the Internet and to newly-available high bandwidth networks as a new medium for the exchange of music, films, and computer software. Drawing upon the explanatory resources of science studies, particularly the well-established literature on the social construction of technological systems, the author argues that Ukrainians are literally and metaphorically reconstructing imported Internet technologies in accordance with their own culture. To explain this distinctive technological path the author examines the interaction of technologies, users, and regulatory regimes. These have shaped the understanding of ordinary Ukrainian Internet users toward what, following E.P. Thompson, the author calls the "moral economy" of copyright and file sharing. I probe these understandings through analysis of comments on file sharing behavior submitted by a sample of Ukrainian internet users.
Thesaurusschlagwörter Internet; copyright; Ukraine; book; film; music; software; regulation; user; technology; violation of the law; intellectual property
Klassifikation Kriminalsoziologie, Rechtssoziologie, Kriminologie; interaktive, elektronische Medien
Methode deskriptive Studie
Freie Schlagwörter Intellectual property; file sharing; downloading
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2008
Erscheinungsort Berlin
Seitenangabe 16 S.
Schriftenreihe Working Paper Series of the Research Network 1989, 7
Status Veröffentlichungsversion; nicht begutachtet
Lizenz Deposit Licence - Keine Weiterverbreitung, keine Bearbeitung