Tag Archives: creative contribution

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 […]

Sharing is a cultural right, not a market failure

An endless stream of law proposals, soft-law initiatives and free-trade agreements keeps trying to eradicate or prevent the non-market sharing of digital works between individuals. New strategies are pushed using incentives and threats so that intermediaries will police the Internet to save the scarcity-based business models of a few from the competition of abundance. So […]

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 […]

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 […]

To rethink music, one needs to think wider than music and deeper in music

The Rethink Music was organized 25-27 April 2011 in Boston, by the Berklee College of Music and MIDEM in association with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society of Harvard University. Volker Grassmuck has written an account under the title Rethink Music? Think again. His take is that most speakers’ thinking is still too influenced […]

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 […]

A great constructive mind

Richard Stallman (aka RMS) is not just the founder and a leader of the free software movement. He is a great thinker about culture and the Internet. Furthermore, in all of these activities, he is a solution engineer. He just has given us another product of his constructive mind. Those who try to put in […]

Blanket licensing in the Netherlands?

Two artist unions and the main consumer organization have just proposed to legalize file sharing based on a levy (article in English, see also the press release in Dutch) similar to the one on blank carriers for private copying. The levy would initially apply to hardware able to store and reproduce contents and later be […]

The future of the creative contribution

The creative contribution brings together an authorization for the non-market exchange between individuals of digital works and a flat-rate payment by all broadband Internet subscribers in order to reward and fund creation. I put forward the case for the creative contribution and how it can be implemented in my book Internet & Création. The creative […]

The creative contribution in the French parliamentary debate

According to the French economic newspaper La Tribune, the socialist MPs have tabled an amendment to the Creation & Internet law proposal creating a creative contribution for non-market music P2P exchange. The text of this amendment tabled by Patrick Bloche and Didier Mathus is reproduced in PC Impact. It reads as follows (my translation): « […]

Shoring uncertain times (12 January 2009)

The conference is in the main auditorium of the Carnegie Institution of Science. Solemn, with an overview of Science whose background is a map of the US projected on 3 of the auditorium walls. The inscriptions are glorious hymns to natural religion, where science is described as the quest for understanding and illustrating the beauty […]

A contributive levy with or without rights?

(ANSA) – ROMA, 29 OTT – La Siae chiede che venga stabilito per legge un contributo da parte di tutti quei provider che forniscono a pagamento la linea Adsl veloce. Secondo la societa’ che rappresenta autori ed editori, l’Adsl ‘consente a milioni di utenti di scaricare dal web, nella maggior parte dei casi evadendo il […]