Internet-Based commons of intellectual resources: An exploration of their variety

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Abstract

During the two last decades, speeded up by the development of the Internet, several types of commons have been opened up for intellectual resources. In this article their variety is being explored as to the kind of resources and the type of regulation involved. The open source software movement initiated the phenomenon, by creating a copyright-based commons of source code that can be labelled 'dynamic': allowing both use and modification of resources. Additionally, such a commons may be either protected from appropriation (by 'copyleft' licensing), or unprotected. Around the year 2000, this approach was generalized by the Creative Commons initiative. In the process they added a 'static' commons, in which only use of resources is allowed. This mould was applied to the sciences and the humanities in particular, and various Open Access initiatives unfolded. A final aspect of copyright-based commons is the distinction between active and passive commons: while the latter is only a site for obtaining resources, the former is also a site for production of new resources by communities of volunteers ('peer production'). Finally, several patent commons are discussed, which mainly aim at preventing patents blocking the further development of science. Throughout, attention is drawn to interrelationships between the various commons.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Informatics: An Information Society for All?
Editors J. Berleur, M.I. Nurminen, J. Impaglizzo
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherSpringer
Pages171-183
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)0-387-37875-8
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event7th International Conference on Human Choice and Computers (HCC7) - , Slovenia
Duration: 21-Sep-200623-Sep-2006

Publication series

NameINTERNATIONAL FEDERATION FOR INFORMATION PROCESSING
PublisherSPRINGER
Volume223
ISSN (Print)1571-5736

Other

Other7th International Conference on Human Choice and Computers (HCC7)
Country/TerritorySlovenia
Period21/09/200623/09/2006

Keywords

  • commons
  • copyright
  • licenses
  • open source software
  • patent
  • PROPERTY

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