This course sets out to chart and analyse the fundamental changes in cultural production in the global South over the last 30 years. Its starting point is the observation that especially in the urban semi-peripheries across the planet, access to global flows of technologies, media and goods, and corresponding everyday as well as artistic cultural practices overwhelmingly happen by sidetracking Western notions of authorship and intellectual property. In this course, we will read a number of representive essays which may help us to better understand `postcolonial piracy`, and its reverberations for global modernity.