By Gaëlle Krikorian, Amy Kapczynski
On the finish of the 20th century, highbrow estate rights collided with daily life. Expansive copyright legislation and electronic rights administration applied sciences sought to close down new types of copying and remixing made attainable through the net. overseas legislation increasing patent rights threatened the lives of thousands of individuals all over the world dwelling with HIV/AIDS by means of restricting their entry to reasonable established drugs. for many years, governments have tightened the grip of highbrow estate legislation on the bidding of knowledge industries; yet lately, teams have emerged around the globe to problem this wave of enclosure with a brand new counter-politics of "access to knowledge" or "A2K." They comprise software program programmers who took to the streets to defeat software program patents in Europe, AIDS activists who compelled multinational pharmaceutical businesses to allow copies in their medications to be bought in bad nations, subsistence farmers protecting their rights to meals safety or entry to agricultural biotechnology, and faculty scholars who created a brand new "free culture" flow to guard the electronic commons. Access to wisdom within the Age of highbrow Property maps this rising box of activism as a chain of old moments, ideas, and ideas. It gathers one of the most vital thinkers and advocates within the box to make the stakes and methods at play during this new area obvious and the phrases of highbrow estate legislation intelligible of their political implications worldwide. an artistic Commons version of this paintings should be freely on hand online.
Contributors: Ahmed Abdel Latif, Philippe Aigrain, Jeffrey Atteberry, Yochai Benkler, Yann Moulier Boutaing, Carlos Correa, Laura DeNardis, Sarah Deutsch, Peter Drahos, Hala Essalmawi, Rick Falkvinge, Sean Flynn, Vera Franz, Spring Gombe, Anil Gupta, Ellen 't Hoen, Charles Igwe, Eddan Katz, Kannikar Kijtiwatchakul, Gaëlle Krikorian, Lawrence Liang, Jiraporn Limpananont, James Love, Leena Menghaney, Viviana Munoz, Sisule F. Musungu, HeeSeob Nam, Chan Park, Eloan Pinheiro dos Santos, Achal Prabhala, Onno Purbo, Manon Ress, Caroline Rossini, Susan promote, Sangeeta Shashikant, Roberto Verzola, Jo Walsh
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Geoff Bennington and Brian Massumi (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1984). 17 Castells, The Rise of the Network Society, p.
Or is the point of A2K thinkers instead that in the realm of information, we are relatively more free and can do more than ever before—if not everything—to reconcile our commitments to freedom, justice, and efficiency? There is a difference, after all, in a competition between the subsistence fisherman and the commercial fishing fleet and between the unknown garage band and the corporately manufactured pop star. There are only so many fish to go around, but there is no limit, theoretically, to the number of songs that can be written.
Castells, The Rise of the Network Society, pp. 225–26. , pp. 13–21, 30, 17, 31. , p. 101. The globalization of informationalism has been spectacularly illustrated by the recent global economic crisis. The implosion of one exquisitely informational domain in the United States—that of structured finance—cascaded around the world, generating an unprecedently rapid contraction in global trade and production. 7 percent in 2009. World Bank, “Global Economic Prospects 2009, Forecast Update,” (World Bank, March 2009), available on-line at http://siteresources.