‘I’m a Lawyer, Not an Ethnographer, Jim’: Textual Poachers and fair use | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 2, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 2046-6692
  • E-ISSN: 2046-6706



Henry Jenkins’ Textual Poachers (1992) remains an important text for many reasons. I will focus on its importance as a text that, while not in any way lacking in complexity, clearly and accessibly brings forth the positive aspects of fandom cultures and creativity. This is vital for very practical reasons: there are many institutions and copyright owners who believe that fandom should be owned – by them, and not by fans. In this context, Jenkins’ arguments form a key part of the case for continued, robust fair use doctrines that allow fans to make the things that they love to make.


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Keyword(s): activism; copyright; fair use; fanworks; Henry Jenkins; Textual Poachers
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