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Misunderstanding the GNU General Public License: reciprocity in perpetuity

The GNU General Public License is a very interesting document from a jurisprudential point of view and from a commoning perspective. It gives structure to a software commons through its articulation of (conditional) reciprocity in perpetuity.  Free Software is therefore … Continue reading

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The Commoner / Call for Contributions: Property, Commoning and Commons

Two Volume Special Issue of The Commoner: Property, Commoning and Commons Call for Contributions to Volume 2: Download a PDF of the call. Introduction. In legal and philosophical terms the organisation of a commons is encoded into property protocols, which … Continue reading

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Is copyright “policy” or “property”? A critique of the FSF’s position

In a discussion on the P2P Foundation’s mailing list the question concerning the Free Software Foundation’s view on property and how they see copyright in relation to property has come up. Below I reproduce a section from the essay, which … Continue reading

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Map of Essay: Property, Commoning and the Politics of Free Software

Another academic hoop to jump through is making very explicit the way in which a PhD thesis is going to unfold. This can be done in a variety of ways, but I chose a pretty standard, straightforward “map of the … Continue reading

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Table of Contents: Property, Commoning and the Politics of Free Software

This is the Table of Contents of the essay as published in The Commoner (also as .PDF):

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Cyberspace: A New Frontier of Enclosure

The essay on “Property, Commoning and the Politics of Free Software” was originally a PhD thesis, which required it to have an abstract of no more han 300 words. That is rather few, especially if you have just spent seven … Continue reading

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Property, Commoning and the Politics of Free Software

This blog takes as point of departure a three chapter essay, which is a philosophical and political inquiry into the material nature of immateriality titled “Property, Commoning and the Politics of Free Software” that has been published in The Commoner, … Continue reading

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