Piracy and Intellectual Property in Latin America: Rethinking Creativity and the Common Good, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Piracy and Intellectual Property in Latin America

Rethinking Creativity and the Common Good, 1st Edition

Edited by Victor Goldgel-Carballo, Juan Poblete


256 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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Piracy and Intellectual Property in Latin America is the first sustained effort to present an alternative framework for understanding piracy and contemporary challenges to global discourses on intellectual property in the Americas. 

While piracy might just look like theft and derivative reproduction from the perspective of many right-holders, the contributors to this volume go beyond this economic-driven logic and show how practices of copying are in fact practices of reinvention which reflect the rich social networks and forms of creativity, authorship, commerce, and consumption that characterize informal economies. From a perspective informed by contemporary scenarios in Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Guatemala, and the United States, they engage in a discussion of alternatives that—predicated on the importance of protecting culture—allow for other ways of conceiving prosperity at local, national, regional, and global levels. Examples discussed include video games, clothing, trinkets, music, film, TV, and books.

Designed to help understand the broader implications of IP and piracy for the field of Latin American Studies, this book will be a major contribution to Global South studies, as well as to the growing bibliography on globalization, informal markets, and piracy

Table of Contents


Juan Poblete and Víctor Goldgel-Carballo

1. How Trinkets Became Counterfeits: Value and Intellectual Property in a Low-income Market in Brazil

Rosana Pinheiro-Machado

2. The Piracy Problem: Indigeneity, Hybridity, and the Racial Politics of IP Enforcement in Guatemala

Kedron Thomas

3. Piracy and/as Legitimate Business

Phillip Penix-Tadsen

4. Piracy as Media Practice: The Informal Market of Music and Videos in Peru

Santiago Alfaro Rotondo

5. Context as Content in Chilean Community Media

Jennifer Ashley

6. ‘Feeling Pirate’ as Media Affect in Mexican-American Experience

Juan Llamas-Rodriguez

7. From Piracy as a Crime to Piracy as a Necessity: Territorial Inequalities and the Socially Necessary Market in Brazil

Fábio Tozi

8. Book Piracy in Chile and the Proletarianization of Literature in Pedro Lemebel

Juan Poblete

9. Pirate Book Aesthetics in Contemporary Argentina

Víctor Goldgel-Carballo

10. Between Abundance and Appropriation: Indeterminate Critiques of Global IP Schemes

Zac Zimmer

11. The Creative Copy: Agency and Fashion at a Market for Counterfeited Garments

Matías Dewey

Appendix: A Primer on Intellectual Property

Juan Poblete 

About the Editors

Víctor Goldgel-Carballo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Juan Poblete is Professor of Latin/o American Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Intellectual Property / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Caribbean & Latin American