Category Archives: media

How should we frame and serve cultural rights in the digital age ?

This post gives the core of what I said in the panel on « Legalizing file-sharing: an idea whose time has come – or gone? » in the Information Influx conference organized to celebrate the 25 years of IViR, the Institute of Information Law in Amsterdam on 4 July 2014. The panel brought together 4 […]

Increased advertising pollution on wordpress.com

wordpress.com is the hosting service associated to the WordPress free software blog platform (WP for short). I often described this combination as virtuous, as it permits users to open easily and swiftly a hosted blog, while letting them move it easily to a self-hosted or other host solution using the same software. The growth of […]

Non-market sharing should not be “compensated for”, the “creative contribution” has other aims

The commons thread to my work on the non-market sharing of digital works between individuals1 is to defend that when carefully delineated, this sharing is a right whose definition lies outside the realm of copyright. As such it can not be the object of copyright-based compensation. I developed this point in Internet & Creation (in […]

The non-market practices of individuals as the core of [digital] culture

Here are the slides and the speaking notes of my talk yesterday in the Global Changes in the Production and Consumption of Culture conference organized by the Green Group of the European Parliament. The other speakers were Lucy Montgomery and Frédéric Martel. My talk focuses in particular on digital writing and literature.

European democracy

Dimitrios Droutsas is the rapporteur for opinion on ACTA in the LIBE (Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs) committee of the European Parliament. Below is an abstract of his draft report that demonstrates an insight and a democratic commitment that should act as an example for his colleagues and for policy makers everywhere. In particular, […]

eBooks: Competition, reader rights and author remuneration

The title and some formulations in this post have been modified on 14 March 2012 to adapt them better to its subject. Despite a very good article in the Wall Street Journal, most commentators struggle to find their way in the recent announcements regarding a possible antitrust action against 5 publishers and Apple. The difficulty […]

Read and listen to Colin Crouch

My great friend Juan-Carlos de Martin got me acquainted with the work of someone I should have read for more than 10 years, and so should have you (assuming you didn’t). Colin Crouch is one of the key political thinkers of our time. From 2000 to 2004 he elaborated the concept of post-democracy, discussing the […]

Sharing is not a market failure

For the second consecutive year, European commissioner Nellie Kroes delivered a speech in the Forum d’Avignon (the international meeting of culture, economy and the media) that breaks with the dominant copyright fundamentalism in this forum. Nelllie Kroes’ speech stresses even more clearly than last year some essential points : the failure of enforcing exclusive rights on […]

No real study yet

The DG for Internal Policies of the European Parliament has just released a study titled The “Content Flat-Rate”: A Solution to Illegal File-Sharing. This post aims at an answering the following questions: who has ordered the study? Who has conducted it? What is it about? What can we learn from it? The first two questions […]

Infrastructure and financing for the digital commons

This blog was inactive during the last weeks, but not its author. Here are a few links to the transcripts or recordings of rencent talks (all under the Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution Unported license) : Another narrative (a case for European R&D programmes to invest in innovation targeting new decentralized infrastructure for servers, services and data), […]

How-To for Sustainable Creativity

The Free Culture Forum was held for the second time at the end of October 2010 in Barcelona. It just published its How-To for Sustainable Creativity. This guide is the outcome of a remarkable work conducted during 4 months by a large and diverse group of players involved in creative activity and civil society approaches […]

Whiners, mercenaries and alternatives

Large telecommunications companies, copyright stock owners and some content producers complain that large centralized content sites now concentrate a large share of Internet usage, creating unbalance in the traffic. These centralized sites are accused of free riding without contributing to financing infrastructures nor remunerating artists (read producers and distributors). Mercenary politicians1 sing the same song […]

What the French filmmakers learnt from the HADOPI law

100 European Film-makers signed a letter to European MEPs asking them to vote for the Gallo report. Not much of a surprise, will you say, each time the collecting societies and other professional lobbies asked them to support a repressive legislation, motion picture figures always showed up. Wrong. You will see only 2 or 3 […]

Back to ancient wisdom

Sometimes, one is a bit worn out fighting the stubborn policies that try to delay the development of the human capabilities associated with information technology, a neutral Internet and knowledge sharing. If this happens, there is no better cure than going back to an ancient wisdom. The history of reading and text annotation is a […]

What for?

My last post received some attention and triggered a few reactions. I wrote a text denouncing a system that I judge dangerous for democracy. To describe it, I recalled the itinerary of people, their deeds, the way in which specific interests and visions of the public interest can no longer be distinguished in them. Some […]