CC has recently started thinking more rigorously about its contribution to the world. First, just so you’ll have a general idea about the person writing this post: I am Tal Niv, a PhD student at UC Berkeley with a background in Law, Economics and Computer Science. This post series is intended to start presenting a … Read More “Introducing a series of posts investigating CC's welfare impact”
RamSitaGods, Nina Paley | CC BY-SA Last week, The Wall Street Journal posted a fascinating article on the profits made by Nina Paley for her film Sita Sings The Blues. Widely available for free online under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license, Sita has garnered $55,000 to date, an impressive amount for a film that … Read More “The Wall Street Journal on "Sita Sings The Blues" and Profit Numbers”
Nobel Prize in Economics to Elinor Ostrom "for her analysis of economic governance, especially the commons"
The 2009 Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded today to Elinor Ostrom and Oliver Williamson for their research on economic governance. Ostrom’s award is particularly exciting, for it cites her study of the commons. Commons? That sounds familiar! Ostrom’s pioneering work mostly concerns the governance of common-pool resources — resources that are rivalrous (i.e., scarce, … Read More “Nobel Prize in Economics to Elinor Ostrom "for her analysis of economic governance, especially the commons"”
The Computer and Communications Industry Association has released a study claiming that the value added in the United States by industries dependent on fair use is $2.2 trillion dollars annually, or one sixth of the U.S. economy, apparently almost 70% more than than value added by copyright industries, as measured by other recent studies. From … Read More “The $2.2 trillion fair use (U.S.) economy”
Caltech economics professor Preston McAfee appears to be mad as hell about high journal and textbook prices, and he’s doing something about it. He’s published a complete Introduction to Economic Analysis textbook under a Creative Commons license. See his page about the license and high textbook prices: Why open source? Academics do an enormous amount … Read More “Economic Analysis”