Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own


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Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own

  1. 2. The Commons Sector (of creativity & culture) … .and countless others.
  2. 3. The public domain (as viewed by copyright traditionalists)
  3. 4. <ul><li>Jack Valenti: </li></ul><ul><li>“ A public domain work is an orphan. No one is responsible for its life. But everyone exploits its use, until that time certain when it becomes soiled and haggard, barren of its previous virtues. Who, then, will invest the funds to renovate and nourish its future life when no one owns it?” </li></ul>Photo by Matthew Bradley, via Flickr, licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license.
  4. 5. Richard Stallman as “Saint IGNUtius”
  5. 7. Software as a Commons <ul><li>Free Software Foundation’s logo, GNU </li></ul><ul><li>General Public License (GPL), </li></ul><ul><li>or “copyleft.” </li></ul><ul><li>GNU: Four Freedoms </li></ul><ul><li>00 To run the program, for any purpose. </li></ul><ul><li>01 To study how the program works, and adapt it to your needs. </li></ul><ul><li>02 To redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor. </li></ul><ul><li>03 To improve the program, and release your improvements to the public, so that the whole community benefits. </li></ul>
  6. 8. The Great Copyright & Trademark Blowout Photo by Justin Gaurav Murgal, via Flicker, licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license.
  7. 9. The Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act Author’s lifetime + 70 years For corporations, 95 years
  8. 10. Digital Millenium Copyright Act Trademark dilution & tarnishment Shrinkage in fair use rights … and a whole lotta bullying by copyright and trademark owners. Everything “born copyrighted”
  9. 16. Photo by Robert Scobie, via Flickr, licensed under a Creative Commons BY license.
  10. 18. How to make sharing legal on the Internet?
  11. 19. Six Basic CC Licenses Attribution Attribution Non-Commercial Attribution No Derivatives Attribution ShareAlike Attribution Non-Commercial ShareAlike Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives
  12. 21. “ The Great Value Shift” Explosion of highly efficient, user-driven value-creation on open platforms.
  13. 22. Socially created value is becoming a macro-economic and cultural force in its own right.
  14. 23. The commons is generative (no “tragedy of the commons”) <ul><li>GNU Linux / free software remix music </li></ul><ul><li>wikis video mashups </li></ul><ul><li>collaborative websites social networking (Facebook) </li></ul><ul><li>blogosphere open access scholarly publishing </li></ul><ul><li>photosharing (Flickr) Craigslist </li></ul><ul><li>podcasting Internet Archive </li></ul>
  15. 25. Photo by Patrick H. Lauke, via Flickr, licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC license. Cory Doctorow
  16. 26. Nine Inch Nails
  17. 27. 1. The sharing economy goes global.
  18. 28. 2. The rise of open business models.
  19. 29. 3. The Open Educational Resources (OER) movement
  20. 30. 4. The science commons
  21. 31. 5. A new species of citizenship?
  22. 32. The Digital Citizen honors: <ul><li>Open access </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom to participate </li></ul><ul><li>Transparency </li></ul><ul><li>Talent & innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Social equity </li></ul><ul><li>Decentralized authority </li></ul>“ Freedom is participation in power.” --Cicero
  23. 33. The commons -- a new social metabolism in our cultural ecosystem for governance & law Image by Stanton F. Fink, via Wikipedia, CC BY license, version 2.5
  24. 34. [email_address] Thank you!