Category Archives: commons

Commons (general)

Again?

I reproduce here the text of an op-ed originally published on La Quadrature du Net’s website. Yet another? But yet another what? One does not even know. Once more tens of people killed, many more injured. Once more, a human being has carried them over towards death and suffering in his trajectory of violence and […]

Don’t harm the best effort Internet to compensate for the loss of roaming income

This post has undergone various limited revisions since its original publication. When not purely cosmetical, these revisions are signaled through footnotes. The European Parliament is presently in the last stages of first reading for a revision of the telecom regumation. This revision addresses two facets: roaming costs for international mobile communications and network neutrality. Cancelling […]

Discussion of the Onlife Manifesto

The Onlife Manifesto was produced by a multidisciplinary group for the European Commission DG Connect. Its focus is “what it means to be human in a hyperconnected world”. I was one of 7 people asked to react to it at the occasion of its publication on 8 February 2013 in Brussels. The others were representatives […]

Expropriation from the common heritage

Some context for English speaking readers: on 15 January 2013 the French National Library (BnF) has signed public-private partnerships for the digitizing of 70000 ancient books (up to 1700) and 200,000 78 and 33 rpm sound recordings of patrimonial value. These partnerships, respectively with ProQuest and Believe, grant a 10 years exclusive commercial exploitation right […]

We need a new formulation of end-to-end analysis

End-to-end analysis is the major theoretization of the Internet that was proposed by Jerome Saltzer, David Reed and David Clark from 1981. In their seminal paper and later ones, they formulated what became known as the end-to-end principle, interpreted often as “application-specific functions ought to reside in the end hosts of a network rather than […]

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.

The Cultural Commons and Social Justice: Foundations for a New European Humanism

This text is a contribution to the Green Paper produced by the Toolquiz project funded by the Interreg-C European programme of inter-regional co-operation. Toolquiz aims at creating the conditions for an inclusive creative economy. The European construction is at a crossroads. Faced with a major global crisis that challenges its very existence, it must redefine […]

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 […]

How to delineate the non-market sharing of digital works between individuals?

The last part of this post has been modified in September 2015 to reflect the outcome of debates on the risk of undue interference by providers of means to sharing with the activities of sharing for their commercial benefit. In the years to come, the delineation of a non-market sphere of sharing between individuals of […]

Citizens stand for the right to share

This text below is the English version of an opinion editorial published today in the Dutch nrc.next daily newspaper. In the last days, two events have brought Internet-related policy issues to the front pages : the FBI crackdown on Megaupload and the signature of the ACTA treaty1 and the resulting streets demonstration in countries such as […]

Back to serfdom

Under the title For farmers, to resow seeds coming from one’s own harvest will be forbidden or subject to a levy, the French daily newspaper Le Monde announces that as I feared, the Parliament adopted1 provisions that prohibit or subject to a levy the fact of resowing seeds coming from harvesting crops whose original seeds […]

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 […]

Posters for Occupez la Défense

I went tonight to Occupez la Défense for 3 reasons : defending the freedom to demonstrate, once again attacked by a lawless and panicked government; reaffirming that Europe will survive only by democracy, it needs no saviours, just the ability to listen to its citizens; and injecting a few ideas on how to proceed within […]