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A Copyright Masquerade: How Corporate Lobbying Threatens Online Freedoms

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'This brilliant expose shows how corporations and industry lobbyists manipulate the governance of digital networks to their own advantage. Behind the rhetoric about "free markets" and the "openness" of the net lurks a power politics reminiscent of the opium wars. Horten provides a detailed, beautifully written case study of the way neo-liberalism routinely and cynically cancels out the very rights and freedoms - privacy, due process - its legitimacy depends upon, as soon as they threaten to impede the pursuit of profit. A must read for anyone interested in how the contemporary mediascape has been prestructured to favour corporations over individuals.' - Graeme Kirkpatrick, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Manchester University 'A Copyright Masquerade is an intriguing narrative about the ways that the copyright debate in the UK has been shaped by key stakeholders in their own interests to the point where it threatens online freedoms. This book is a compelling read for lawyers and others interested in the development of intellectual property law and it will stimulate important debates for years to come.' - Professor David S. Wall, Durham University 'In this timely and well judged analysis, Horten demonstrates that the Internet age, far from transforming corporate politics has merely shifted the concerns of policy-makers and powerful private sectors interests. If there has been a change, as she establishes, it is in the inability of copyright politics to continue to be conducted in smoke-filled back rooms. This book allows us to be guardedly optimistic about the ability of political process to properly balance the legitimate rights of consumers and copyright holding corporations.' - Christopher May , Professor of Political Economy, Lancaster University 'A Copyright Masquerade can verge on academic, but it remains engaging. At times, the legislative history (and the scandal involved) even has elements of intrigue. But most importantly, it's extremely informative and demystifying, right from the first page's handy table of common acronyms. For those interested in the structures that influence copyright policy around the world, Horten's book will prove a valuable resource.' - Parker Higgins, Electronic Frontier Foundation 'Anyone interested in the future of copyright law in the European Union and the role lobbyists and corporations play in shaping legislation should read this timely and provocative book.' Simon Stokes, Entertainment Law Review

About the Author

Monica Horten is a veteran telecoms journalist, with a PhD from University of Westminster, UK.


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Dr Monica Horten is a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics. She specialises in Internet policies in the European Union. She was awarded her PhD from the University of Westminster in 2010. She holds an MA in Communications Policy (with distinction) and a postgraduate diploma in marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (DiP M).
In January 2014, she was nominated as an independent expert to the Council of Europe's 'Committee of experts on cross-border flow of Internet traffic and Internet freedom' (MSI-INT).

She has written on telecommunications for many years, and freelanced for the Daily Telegraph and the Financial Times. She has worked on market research for leading telecoms organisations, and helped companies with web design and marketing.

Her academic interest is in European policy for the Internet, and she currently focusses on issues concerning copyright enforcement and net neutrality. Her influential European Internet policy blog on attracts an international readership including academics, lawyers and policy-makers.

She is currently working on a third book which discusses the politics of the Internet internationally.

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