1st Edition

Piracy and Intellectual Property in Latin America Rethinking Creativity and the Common Good

Edited By Víctor Goldgel-Carballo, Juan Poblete Copyright 2020
    236 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    236 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 (IP) 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 that 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.


    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 


    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.

    "The essays in this collection expertly localize unauthorized use in Latin America, integrating on-the-ground production with globalizing discourses of circulatory legitimacy. The book should be required reading for those interested in the increasingly important role of digital textuality in emerging economies." Alexander S. Dent, Associate Professor of Anthropology, The George Washington University