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This is Not a Remix: Piracy, Authenticity and Popular Music

Borschke’s 2017 monograph, This is not a remix: piracy, authenticity and popular music (Bloomsbury Academic) focuses on questions about the materiality of media, its use and the aesthetic dimensions of reproduction and circulation in digital networks. This work uncovers the analog roots of digital practices and brings the long history of piracy into contact with contemporary controversies about the reproduction, use and circulation of recordings on the internet. Through a close look at sometimes illicit forms of composition--including remixes, edits, mashups, bootlegs, mp3 blogs and playlists--Borschke ponders how and why ideals of authenticity persist in networked cultures where copies and copying are ubiquitous and seemingly at odds with romantic constructions of authorship. By teasing out unspoken assumptions about media and culture, Borschke’s work offers fresh perspectives on the cultural politics of intellectual property in the digital era and poses questions about the promises, possibilities and challenges of network visibility and mobility.

Education/Academic qualification

The University of New South Wales

Award Date: 15 Aug 2012

McGill University

Award Date: 19 Oct 1990

University of Toronto

External positions

Board Member

2020 → …

Visiting Professor

1 Jul 201815 Nov 2018

Lecturer, Level B (Fixed Term)


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Research Output

Reimagining copies in digital networks

Borschke, M., 13 Apr 2020, (Accepted/In press) Reimagining communication: mediation. Filimowicz, M. & Tzankova, V. (eds.). Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 239-251 13 p.

Macquarie University

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter