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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 27 Western Europe are responsible for 51 percent of the corporate “damage” (See BSA, May 2001, p. 4). Finally, regardless of the press messages Microsoft Corporation circulates about their corporate “understanding the problem” of educating people about rights and individual/corporate vs. collective ownership, what Microsoft persists in doing pervasively is to make every effort to establish “pirates” as criminals, to find pirates, and to align the company much more closely with enforcement and prosecutorial efforts and government and law enforcement officials than with educational efforts. As mentioned, cultural aspects surround these economic/trade issues, i.e., people don’t “know” they are stealing sometimes, and sometimes they don’t conceive of things they can’t “see” being “owned” by anyone, (i.e., ideas, for example; see p. ?? and ??, herein) and also some people don’t conceive of things being held by individuals, rather they perceive a “collective” ownership of things (say former communist/socialist countries). [Theoretical note: The responsibility to educate people about products falls, we might argue, more to the corporate owners than the government supporters, i.e., taxpayers. This is similar to the protection of ownership interests falling to government law enforcement officials, but generally only benefiting Microsoft Corporation. Additionally, we can make the point with this data that the international trade regulation/agreement activity isn’t working toward multilateral ends of protection, but the protection, primarily of one corporation, and given the success of the discourse here, taxpayers are paying for this uni-corporational protection.]

Authors: Malyshev, Yuri. and Hamilton, Ann.
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Foucauldian analysis of international trade policies 27
Western Europe are responsible for 51 percent of the corporate “damage” (See BSA, May
2001, p. 4).
Finally, regardless of the press messages Microsoft Corporation circulates about
their corporate “understanding the problem” of educating people about rights and
individual/corporate vs. collective ownership, what Microsoft persists in doing pervasively
is to make every effort to establish “pirates” as criminals, to find pirates, and to align the
company much more closely with enforcement and prosecutorial efforts and government
and law enforcement officials than with educational efforts.
As mentioned, cultural aspects surround these economic/trade issues, i.e., people
don’t “know” they are stealing sometimes, and sometimes they don’t conceive of things
they can’t “see” being “owned” by anyone, (i.e., ideas, for example; see p. ?? and ??,
herein) and also some people don’t conceive of things being held by individuals, rather
they perceive a “collective” ownership of things (say former communist/socialist
countries). [Theoretical note: The responsibility to educate people about products falls, we
might argue, more to the corporate owners than the government supporters, i.e., taxpayers.
This is similar to the protection of ownership interests falling to government law
enforcement officials, but generally only benefiting Microsoft Corporation. Additionally,
we can make the point with this data that the international trade regulation/agreement
activity isn’t working toward multilateral ends of protection, but the protection, primarily
of one corporation, and given the success of the discourse here, taxpayers are paying for
this uni-corporational protection.]


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