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Viral spiral : how the commoners built a digital republic of their own

Author: David Bollier
Publisher: New York : New Press, 2009.
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A narrative history of the emergence of electronic "free culture" explains how strict intellectual property rights, hierarchies of credentialed experts, and other forms of centralized control are being challenged and reshaped by the world of digital media, in an account that includes coverage of such figures as hacker Richard Stallman and copyright scholar Lawrence Lessig.

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bollier, David.
Viral spiral.
New York : New Press, ©2008
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Bollier
ISBN: 9781595583963 1595583963
OCLC Number: 1058081415
Notes: "From free and open-source software, Creative Commons licenses, Wikipedia, remix music and video mashups, peer production, open science, open education, and open business, the world of digital media has spawned a new "sharing economy" that increasingly competes with entrenched media giants. Reporting from the heart of this "free culture" movement, journalist and activist, David Bollier provides the first comprehensive history of the attempt by a global brigade of techies, lawyers, artists, musicians, scientists, business people, innovators, and geeks of all stripes to create a digital republic committed to freedom and innovation. Viral Spiral - the term Bollier coins to describe the almost magical process by which Internet users can come together to build online commons and tools - brilliantly interweaves the disparate strands of this eclectic movement. The story describes major technological developments and pivotal legal struggles, as well as fascinating profiles of hacker Richard Stallman, copyright scholar Lawrence Lessig, and other colourful figures."--About the book.
Description: pages cm
Contents: Machine derived contents note: Part I: Harbingers of the Sharing Economy 21 --
1. In the Beginning Was Free Software 23 --
2. The Discovery of the Public Domain 42 --
3. When Larry Lessig Met Eric Eldred 69 --
Part II: The Rise of Free Culture 91 --
4. Inventing the Creative Commons 93 --
5. Navigating the Great Value Shift 122 --
6. Creators Take Charge 145 --
7. The Machine and the Movement 168 --
8. Free Culture Goes Global 180 --
9. The Many Faces of the Commons 203 --
Part III: A Viral Spiral of New Commons 227 --
10. The New Open Business Models 229 --
11. Science as a Commons 253 --
12. Open Education and Learning 281 --
Conclusion: The Digital Republic and the --
Future of Democratic Culture 294 --
Notes 311.
Responsibility: David Bollier.
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