[LINK] Call For Papers, JoPP

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Tue Sep 17 14:58:37 AEST 2013

> From: Mathieu ONeil <mathieu.oneil at anu.edu.au>
> To: Fibre Culture <fibreculture at listcultures.org>
> Date: Mon, 16 Sep 2013 23:56:18 +0000
> Subject: ::fibreculture:: CFP - "Peer production, disruption and the law"

CFP - Special issue of the 'Journal of Peer Production' (JoPP)

"Peer production, disruption and the law"

Editors: Steve Collins, Macquarie University and Angela Daly, Swinburne 
University of Technology

The disruption caused by new technologies and non-conventional methods of 
organisation have posed challenges for the law, confronting regulators with 
the need to balance justice with powerful interests. 

Experience from the "disruptions" of the late 20th century has shown that 
the response from incumbent industries can lead to a period of intense 
litigation and lobbying for laws that will maintain the status quo. For 
example, following its "Napster moment", the music industry fought to 
maintain its grip on distribution channels through increased copyright 
enforcement and the longer copyright terms it managed to extract from the 
legislative process. 

The newspaper industry has similarly seen its historical revenue stream of 
classified ads disrupted by more efficient online listings, and responded 
to its own failure to capitalise on online advertising by launching legal 
campaigns against Google News in various European countries.

Though the law as it stands may not be well-equipped to deal with 
disruptive episodes, the technological innovations of the last twenty years 
have created an environment that generates disruption. The Internet, the 
Web and networked personal computers have converged into the ubiquitous 
post-PC media device, leaving twentieth century paradigms of production, 
consumption and distribution under considerable threat. The latest 
technology to be added to this group of disruptive innovations may be 3D-
printing, which in recent times has become increasingly available and 
accessible to users in developed economies, whilst the manufacturing 
capacity of 3D-printers has dramatically grown. Although current offerings 
on the market are far from a Star Trek-like "replicator", the spectre of 
disruption has once again arrived, with the prospect of 3D-printed guns 
inspiring a moral panic and raising questions of gun control, regulation, 
jurisdiction and effective control. In addition, 3D-printing raises a 
number of issues regarding intellectual property, going far beyond the 
copyright problems that file-sharing brought about due to its production of 
physical objects.

This special issue of the Journal of Peer Production calls for papers that 
deal with the intersection of peer production, disruptive technologies and 
the law. Potential topics include, but are not restricted to:

-      The threat posed by peer production to legacy industries

-      The regulation of disruptive technologies through the rule of law or 
embedded rights management

-      Lobbying strategies of incumbent players to stymie disruptive 

-      Emergent economies or practices as a result of disruptive 

-      Extra-legal norm formation in peer production communities around 
disruptive technologies

-      Historical perspectives on the legal status of collaborative 

-      Critical legal approaches to technology, disruption and peer 

-      The role and ability of the law (which differs across jurisdictions) 
in regulating autonomous production

-      The resilience of law in the face of social and technological change

-      The theories and assumptions which continue to underpin laws 
rendered obsolete by social and technological change

500-word abstracts are due by 15th November 2013 and should be sent to 
disruptlawissue at peerproduction.net. 

Accepted submissions will be notified during December 2013 and full papers 
are due by 12th May 2014. 

The issue will be published in January 2015. 

Submissions will be peer reviewed according to JoPP review policies. 

See <http://peerproduction.net/about/submissions/> for article types and 



Mission Statement

The Journal of Peer Production (JoPP) seeks high-quality contributions from 
researchers and practitioners of peer production. 

We understand peer production as a mode of commons-based and oriented 
production in which participation is voluntary and predicated on the self-
selection of tasks. Notable examples are the collaborative development of 
Free Software projects and of the Wikipedia online encyclopedia.

Through the analysis of the forms, operations, and contradictions of peer 
producing communities in contemporary capitalist society, the journal aims 
to open up new perspectives on the implications of peer production for 
social change.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

- the political economy of peer production
- peer production and expertise
- critical theory and peer production
- peer production and exchange
- peer production and social movements
- peer production as an alternative to capitalism
- peer production and capitalist cooptation
- governance in peer projects
- peer production and ethics
- the peer production of hardware
- peer production and feminism
- peer production, industry and

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