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Robin Hoods or thieves? A Foucauldian analysis of international trade policies regarding software piracy
Unformatted Document Text:  Foucauldian analysis of international trade policies 16 system, it seems likely that if the U.S. perceives a problem, wants concessions or compensation, those problems (as labeled by the legitimate sources) will be addressed, will be more visible in the discourse, and are likely to lead to policy favorable to the U.S. This situation indicates that regardless of the discursive arena being interests in international trade, the practical outcome of much of the activity is protection of U.S. interests. Anti-piracy rhetoric of governments and companies in U.S. and Ukraine. Microsoft’s anti-piracy division has strong ties to law enforcement: the senior manager in charge of worldwide investigations for Microsoft is the former deputy chief of intelligence and chief of the special intelligence division for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, for example. “We can identify and address in excess of 500 illegal sites in a single day” according to Microsoft’s anti-piracy manager Diana Piquette (as quoted in Delio, 2002, Jan 22). Since Microsoft started using the automated software to scan the Internet for illegal online offerings, the total number of “takedowns” has been “more than 88,000 in the past two years,” Piquette said (as quoted in Delio, 2002, Jan22). BSA, representing some of the world’s largest software makers, launched a program in July 2001 (the fifth of its kind to happen in the U.S.) “intended to rid corporate desktops of unlicensed software without the use of legal action” according to Berger (2001, July 5). BSA “encourages” companies (in Atlanta; Portland, Oregon; Kansas City, Missouri; New York; and Oklahoma City, in the 2001 event) to “audit their computer systems and identify any software running on their machines that doesn’t have a license” (Berger, 2001, July 5). Those companies that obtained licensing on the illegal versions of software by the end of the month of the program didn’t face penalties (sometimes as high

Authors: Malyshev, Yuri. and Hamilton, Ann.
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Foucauldian analysis of international trade policies 16
system, it seems likely that if the U.S. perceives a problem, wants concessions or
compensation, those problems (as labeled by the legitimate sources) will be addressed, will
be more visible in the discourse, and are likely to lead to policy favorable to the U.S. This
situation indicates that regardless of the discursive arena being interests in international
trade, the practical outcome of much of the activity is protection of U.S. interests.
Anti-piracy rhetoric of governments and companies in U.S. and Ukraine.
Microsoft’s anti-piracy division has strong ties to law enforcement: the senior
manager in charge of worldwide investigations for Microsoft is the former deputy chief of
intelligence and chief of the special intelligence division for the U.S. Drug Enforcement
Administration, for example. “We can identify and address in excess of 500 illegal sites in
a single day” according to Microsoft’s anti-piracy manager Diana Piquette (as quoted in
Delio, 2002, Jan 22). Since Microsoft started using the automated software to scan the
Internet for illegal online offerings, the total number of “takedowns” has been “more than
88,000 in the past two years,” Piquette said (as quoted in Delio, 2002, Jan22).
BSA, representing some of the world’s largest software makers, launched a
program in July 2001 (the fifth of its kind to happen in the U.S.) “intended to rid corporate
desktops of unlicensed software without the use of legal action” according to Berger
(2001, July 5). BSA “encourages” companies (in Atlanta; Portland, Oregon; Kansas City,
Missouri; New York; and Oklahoma City, in the 2001 event) to “audit their computer
systems and identify any software running on their machines that doesn’t have a license”
(Berger, 2001, July 5). Those companies that obtained licensing on the illegal versions of
software by the end of the month of the program didn’t face penalties (sometimes as high


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