How are “grey market” imports changing mediaindustries? What is the role of piracy in developing new marketsfor movies and TV shows? How do jailbroken iPhones driveinnovation?
The Informal Media Economy provides a vivid, original, andgenuinely transnational account of contemporary media, by showinghow the interactions between formal and informal media systems area feature of all nations – rich and poor, large andsmall.
Shifting the focus away from the formal businesses and publicenterprises that have long occupied media researchers, this bookcharts a parallel world of cultural intermediaries driving globalmedia production and circulation. It shows how unlicensed, untaxed,or unregulated networks, which operate across the boundaries ofestablished media markets, have been a driving force of mediaindustry transformation. The book opens up new insights on a rangeof topical issues in media studies, from the creative disruptionsof digitisation to amateur production, piracy and cybercrime.