WHAT DOES AN ELDERLY WOMAN HAVE IN COMMON WITH A MULTI-NATIONAL, MULTI-BILLION-DOLLAR COMPANY? - A QUALITATIVE STUDY ON VICTIMHOOD, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND PIRACY

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WHAT DOES AN ELDERLY WOMAN HAVE IN COMMON WITH A MULTI-NATIONAL, MULTI-BILLION-DOLLAR COMPANY? - A QUALITATIVE STUDY ON VICTIMHOOD, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND PIRACY

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Publication 2-year master student thesis
Title WHAT DOES AN ELDERLY WOMAN HAVE IN COMMON WITH A MULTI-NATIONAL, MULTI-BILLION-DOLLAR COMPANY? - A QUALITATIVE STUDY ON VICTIMHOOD, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND PIRACY
Author(s) Andersson, Mika
Date 2012
English abstract
Piracy in intellectual property has grown extensively by the entrance of new media and communication channels. The aim of the present study is to examine if the companies are treated by the same normative standards as regular individuals when they are exposed to a crime. Christie’s theory of the ideal victim has been used in order to analyze legal the company as a victim cases concerning piracy in Sweden between 2005 and 2011. The findings have, in many respects, reformulated how victimhood itself is constituted; the individual who is the ideal victim is not weak and defenseless but a person who enjoys a high social status and influence. The companies in the study are consequently treated as objective agents and their status as victims is not questioned by the courts.
Swedish abstract
Fildelning av upphovsrättsskyddad egendom har ökat i stor utsträckning efter inträdet av ny media och nya kommunikationskanaler. Målet med denna studie är att undersöka om företag behandlas enligt samma normativa standard som vanliga individer när de utsätts för ett brott. Christies teori om det ideala offret används för att analysera brottsmål rörande fildelning i Sverige mellan 2005 och 2011. Resultatet har, i flera bemärkelser, omformulerat hur offerskapet i sig konstitueras; den individ som är det ideala offret är inte svag och försvarslös utan en person med hög social status och inflytande. Företagen i studien behandlas således som objektiva agenter och deras status som offer ifrågasätts inte av domstolarna.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Hälsa och samhälle
Pages 41
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) criminology, hermeneutics, legal norms, philosophy of law, piracy, semiotics, victimology/ fildelning, hermeneutik, juridiska normsystem, kriminologi, rättsfilosofi, semiotik, viktimologi.
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/13961 (link to this page)

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