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Enclosing the Digital Commons

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Poynder, Richard
Journal: Information Today
Volume: 20
Page(s): 37-38
Date: 2003
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5071
Sector: Information & Knowledge
Subject(s): information commons
intellectual property rights
common pool resources
Abstract: "There’s growing concern that aggressive use of intellectual property is threatening the development of the Internet. Many are drawing parallels to the 'enclosures' in pre-industrial Europe. Through this system, commonly held or unoccupied land was taken into private ownership, leading to considerable abuse. But is there really a threat? If so, why? And what are the implications?"

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