How to talk about copyright?


Piracy is killing music”

There is a pirate market of films”


To lump together large, for-profit, intentional infringers with those involved in the act of sharing of culture

To stigmatize those involved in the act of sharing and hence stifle discussion

As a metaphor of organized illegal activities in the context of unauthorized copying


Try to reject this language entirely, use ethically neutral terms such as “copyright infringement

Alternatively, agree to use it, but only with regard to for-profit, intentional infringers; do not agree to use it for sharing of culture

Alternatively, subvert the term to be positively-loaded (a’la Pirate Party)