Rhetoric, Copyright, Techne

The Regulation of Social Media Production and Distribution

Authored by: James E. Porter

The Routledge Handbook of Digital Writing and Rhetoric

Print publication date:  April  2018
Online publication date:  April  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138671362
eBook ISBN: 9781315518497
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We have to start by recognizing that all writing is property and as such is regulated—and one key way it is regulated is through copyright law, copyright custom, and copyright lore, 1 a vast copyright system composed of laws, policies, and regulations but also of practices, attitudes, and ideologies, and enforced and directed via various technological functions, blocks, and filters. This system is not all bad. It is generative as well as prohibitive: in many ways it promotes and supports writing, and encourages its production and distribution. In other ways the system impedes it.

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