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Cultural Commons in the Digital Ecosystem

Pelissier, Maud


1. Edition September 2021
240 Pages, Hardcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd

ISBN: 978-1-78630-637-1
John Wiley & Sons

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INTELLECTUAL TECHNOLOGIES SET Coordinated by Jean-Max Noyer and Maryse Carmes

The dynamics of production, circulation and dissemination of knowledge that are currently developing in the digital ecosystem testify to a profound change in capitalism. On the margins of the traditional duo of knowledge markets and exclusive property rights, the emerging notion of cultural commons is opening the door to new modes of production based on hybrid market arrangements and an inclusive understanding of property.
This book studies the political economy of cultural commons in the digital ecosystem, outlining the contexts and areas of thought in which this concept has emerged and identifying the socio-economic, technical and political issues associated with it. It also analyzes the specific physical conditions that enable the implementation of the economy of cultural commons in a specific digital ecosystem, that of books, by studying the effects of digital libraries and self-publishing platforms.

Introduction ix

Part 1. The Intellectual Movement of the Cultural Commons 1

Introduction to Part 1 3

Chapter 1. The Pioneering Approach of Jurists from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society 7

1.1. A critique of the maximalist doctrine of intellectual property 7

1.1.1. The enclosure of the intangible commons of the mind 9

1.1.2. The threat of disappearance of free culture in cyberspace 12

1.2. The political economy of information commons 17

1.2.1. Shared ownership and individual freedom 18

1.2.2. A new mode of information production 22

1.3. The creative commons in the field of works of the mind 28

1.3.1. Incarnation of free culture practices 28

1.3.2. Institutionalization of free culture: Creative Commons licenses 31

1.3.3. The modalities of cohabitation with the commercial cultural economy 34

1.4. Propagation in the intellectual and militant sphere in France 42

1.4.1. The challenge of legalizing non-market sharing 43

1.4.2. The challenge of legal recognition of the information commons 49

1.5. Recent extensions of the BCIS approach 54

1.5.1. The digital public domain: the perimeter of cultural commons 55

1.5.2. Network infrastructure as a commons 60

1.5.3. Remuneration of volunteer contributors 63

Chapter 2. The Ostromian Approach to the Knowledge Commons 69

2.1. Ostrom's original theory of the land commons 71

2.1.1. An institutional definition of the commons 71

2.1.2. A questioning of the "tragedy of the commons" 72

2.1.3. Communal property as a bundle of rights 75

2.1.4. An institutional approach to the self-organization of common resources 78

2.2. The knowledge commons: Hess and Ostrom's approach 80

2.2.1. The singularity of information common pool resources (CPR) 80

2.2.2. Digital libraries as information CPRs 84

2.2.3. Institutional analysis and development framework (IAD) 87

2.3. Open access platforms as scientific commons? 90

2.3.1. Open access: a major transformation of the editorial ecosystem 91

2.3.2. Open access platforms: which bundles of user rights? 99

2.3.3. Enrichment and sustainability of the scientific commons 107

2.4. Cooperative platforms as social commons? 118

2.4.1. A rapprochement with the social and solidarity economy 118

2.4.2. Conditions for exploiting the social value created 122

2.4.3. Governance of cooperative platforms 126

2.4.4. Commoners' remuneration: a right to contribute 133

Part 2. The Commons in the Digital Book Ecosystem 137

Introduction to Part 2 139

Chapter 3. Digital Libraries as Heritage Commons 141

3.1. A favorable context 142

3.1.1. A new documentary order 142

3.1.2. Cultural public data as a public good 144

3.2. The production methods of heritage commons 149

3.2.1. The Google challenge 149

3.2.2. Public/private partnerships: threat or opportunity? 152

3.2.3. On-demand digitization and citizen contribution 156

3.2.4. The heritage commons: a plasticity of forms 157

3.3. Governance issue: enriching our common heritage 161

3.3.1. The construction of a shared heritage infrastructure 161

3.3.2. Content editorialization and digital mediation 164

Chapter 4. The Written Commons in the Publishing Industry 169

4.1. The transformations of the editorial ecosystem 170

4.1.1. Digital textuality and new uses 170

4.1.2. The digital book immersed in an attention economy 172

4.1.3. The digital book and the growth of self-publishing 176

4.2. Wattpad: a common narrative of the misguided written word 178

4.2.1. The use of CC licenses: a hidden reality 179

4.2.2. A progressive attraction to the attention economy 180

4.2.3. Strengthened cohabitation with publishers: the announced end of free culture 182

4.3. Self-publishing and free culture: a multifaceted face 184

4.3.1. The Lulu platform: open source for the book market? 184

4.3.2. In Libro Veritas and Framabook: free book editions 187

Conclusion 193

References 199

Index 207
Maud Pélissier is an Associate Professor and Research Director. She carries out her research at the Mediterranean Institute for Information and Communication Sciences of the University of Toulon, France.