Proposal For A New Model Giving Rights To Online Sharing Of Content

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A new publication by a well-known open access advocate proposes a business model for sharing content online that would recognise sharing as a right.

The publication, “Sharing: Culture and the Economy in the Internet Age,” is by Philippe Aigrain, co-founder of the French civil liberties group La Quadrature du Net, in collaboration with Suzanne Aigrain.

The financial model adds the “creative contribution” into the financial equation so as to expand the creative economy “in a context where sharing is recognized as a right,” according to a release.

“To break away from the repressive war on the sharing of culture online, exemplified by the SOPA/PIPA bills in the US or the ACTA agreement on a global scale, Sharing makes a case for the legitimacy and usefulness of non-market sharing between individuals of digital works,” it said.

“The creative contribution (a term that Aigrain has been using since 2008) is a flatrate mechanism with original features based on social rights, rewards and remuneration for artists as well as financing of future works, data collection for rewards based on voluntary provision using automated recording on user machines and under their sole control, and more,” it said.

The book has been published in a hybrid form, with four components:

* The paper book, available globally,
* a commercial eBook in Epub format,
* an open access electronic version,
all under a CC-By-NC-ND license,
* and a dedicated “live book“ website at where you can comment on the book chapters, download source code and datasets, and interactively run models with parameters of your choice.

The book is available here, or from Amsterdam University Press here, or University of Chicago Press (US) here.

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  1. Jason Barnes says

    Just another advocate of piracy. The only difference between this thief and other pirates is that this one disguises his advocacy of theft with fancy words, and conceals his true message in a cloud of double-talk.

    What he actually claims is that there is now a license to steal.

  2. says

    Ah, yes, the academics in full cry. Impractical, and completely oblivious to the fact that their solution will ensure that those authors who currently make a living from their pen won’t be able to do so under the new regime, much less the hundreds of thousands of small publishers, and the fewer folks employed by the tiny number of big publishers.

    It will however, provide a lot of work for out of work clerks and accountants, who could be called creative, I suppose.

    And it will certainly ensure that all of the bestsellers that might have taken up all of the readers’ time won’t be there, so all the “under-appreciated great” writers will get their time in the sun.

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