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 […]


Elements for the reform of copyright and related cultural policies

Now that the ACTA treaty has been rejected by the European Parliament, a period opens during which it will be possible to push for a new regulatory and policy framework adapted to the digital era. Many citizens and MEPs support the idea of reforming copyright in order to make possible for all to draw the […]


The democratic sovereignty of European citizens and the reopening of political options

Next Sunday, an election of critical importance for the future of Europe will be held. No, dear French readers, this is not our “élections législatives”, it is the parliamentary election in Greece. This post aims at highlighting how offensive to democracy is the present pressure exerted on Greek voters in order to dissuade them to […]


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.


Switzerland considers a proposal to legalize non-market file sharing between individuals

The Swiss Federal Council has decided to initiate a study on putting in place a proposal of the State Council member Luc Recordon (Green) to legalize the non-market sharing of digital works between individuals based on a contribution by Internet subscribers (and hardware users). Here is an extract of his intervention in support of his […]


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 […]


Televangelism and looking sideways

For Paris dance fans who want to explore beyond the somewhat conventional programming (except for Indian dance) in Théâtre de la Ville, the Rencontres choréographiques internationales de la Seine-Saint-Denis are a key opportunity for discovering younger and sometimes more original choreographers. This week-end, La Chaufferie staged a trio of An Kaler and a solo of […]


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, […]


Can digital orphans educate their political parents?

In June 2010, I participated in a conference on the future of universities in cyberspace. One session was devoted to “digital natives”. This concept had long infuriated me, but it’s only while listening to the talks that I understood why. It was not just because of it being yet another fashionable buzzword. There was something […]


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 […]


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 […]