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Wealth of Networks


Yochai Benkler has published his new book, The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 license. A brief excerpt (page 482):

[W]e are seeing an ever-more
self-conscious adoption of commons-based practices as a modality of infor-
mation production and exchange. Free software, Creative Commons, the
Public Library of Science, the new guidelines of the National Institutes of
Health (NIH) on free publication of papers, new open archiving practices,
librarian movements, and many other communities of practice are devel-
oping what was a contingent fact into a self-conscious social movement. As
the domain of existing information and culture comes to be occupied by
information and knowledge produced within these free sharing movements
and licensed on the model of open-licensing techniques, the problem of the
conflict with the proprietary domain will recede. Twentieth-century materials
will continue to be a point of friction, but a sufficient quotient of twenty-
first-century materials seem now to be increasingly available from sources
that are happy to share them with future users and creators. If this social-
cultural trend continues over time, access to content resources will present
an ever-lower barrier to nonmarket production.

There’s a book release party this evening in New York City.

Via Boing Boing.

Posted 14 April 2006