Creating a Web of Attribution in the Feminist Blogosphere
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Through an examination of 143 women- and feminist-authored blogs and a review of the literature surrounding feminist perspectives of copyright, this paper seeks to demonstrate that a critical feminist perspective would be a valuable addition to the ongoing debates of copyright legislation. Current feminist perspectives primarily critique the law's privileging of the autonomous author-genius by citing women's historical participation in collaborative activities, deconstructing binaries based on that of creator/user, and citing the dialogic nature of cultural production. These theories might purport that feminists and women would emphasize information sharing over ownership as a response to formal copyright law. However, 38 % of the blogs expressed some type of copyright-protected status, indicating that creator s in the digital realm seek to contribute to cultural production while at the same time retain authorial credit, made especially evident through the high rate of requests for attribution in future uses of the bloggers' works. A feminist perspective would be useful in helping future copyright legislation to negotiate these needs.