Catering for Whom? The Problematic Ethos of Audiovisual Distribution Online



The purpose of this chapter is to make some general conclusions from recently conducted fieldwork on one of the world’s most comprehensive, but also selective, communities for film swapping; I have chosen to omit the name of this community out of concern for its members. Specialist torrent sites like these are unregulated in that they are not sanctioned by the copyright industry — yet, internally, they remain highly regulated. The chapter will provide an overview and a discussion of these sites, and the way these are integrated in a wider economy of film circulation, user agency, knowledge and affects. In theorizing my findings, I will mainly draw on theories of culture and sociality outlined by Pierre Bourdieu.


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