[This is a post from the Cybernorms.net blog, which is the English equivalent to Cybernormer.se. You can follow this link to read this post at its original URL.]
When this is being written, Cybernorms is on location for the 2012 Law and Society conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. The conference offers a range of panels and debates related to the socio-legal field of research, whereof several are of interest for the research conducted within the Cybernorms RG.
Attending the conference, Stefan Larsson will present his paper “Among Torrents, trackers, and Platforms: The Pirate Bay as a Metaphoric Court Case”,
Metaphors, it seems, are fundamental to abstract thinking at large, as well as for any digital phenomena to be thought of or spoken about. This fact, the article argues, is of vital interest also for law, not the least when trying to regulate digitally mediated phenomena. For example, three of the four accused men behind the infamous file sharing tracker The Pirate Bay (TPB) was convicted by the Svea Court of Appeals in Sweden in November 26, 2010 for aiding in crime against Swedish Copyright Law on the grounds that this service promoted the sharing of copyright material without the authors’ consent (Case B 4041-09). In this well-publicized case a battle can be found regarding which metaphor that was most appropriate to describe the legal identity of TPB.
Marcin de Kaminski will present “Enforcement Strategies and Social Norms: The Case of Illegal Filesharing”, which is co-written with Måns Svensson and Stefan Larsson,
The struggle over illegal file sharing and its survival or demise is the obvious indication that a serious chasm is truly opening up between the legal system and the social norms of society. The inability of legislators to induce people to fall in line shows the strength of the social changes now under way. There is evidence that the Internet and the new technologies are changing society in a radical way, and that copyright and the dilemma of unauthorised file sharing may represent a socio-legal challenge that is greater than the one that merely indicates copyright regulation in a digital context. This highlights the importance of understanding the issue, since it could be crucial for questions of the social, economic and technological structures of the future as well as interrelated issues of privacy in a connected world.
As a bonus, our doings, the Cybernorms.net in general and the interviews with socio-legal scholars that we have presented on the site and on iTunes are actually featured in the SLSA Newsletter that is handed out to all conference participants and SLSA members (which makes us very proud, actually):
The Law and Society conference also gives researchers within our fields of interest, Internet and Intellectual Property, a good change to meet and interact. This year there is a great variety of IP related panels to attend, which really gives good input to our ongoing and future work.