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Between commodification and "openness" : the information society and the ownership of knowledge.

May, Chris (2005) Between commodification and "openness" : the information society and the ownership of knowledge. Journal of Information, Law and Technology, 2005 (2-3).

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Abstract

In this paper I explore how commodification in the newly emerged information society undermined what was once a popular claim that ‘information wants to be free’. However, in the last couple of years the (re)exploration of ‘openness’ as a model for information and knowledge exchange, building on the example of work in the software sector, helps us recognise a countervailing dynamic to commodification that has emerged within the ‘information society’. While it is unlikely that all information will ever be free, it is now also clear that it is equally unlikely that the commodification of knowledge and information can ever become complete, nor even continue as it has in the last decade. As so often in the history of intellectual property the key is balance; a balance between commodification and openness.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Information, Law and Technology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Commodification ; intellectual property rights ; openness.
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 14234
Deposited By: Mrs Janet Harris
Deposited On: 15 Oct 2008 13:51
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2013 11:59
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/14234

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