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Free Software, Creative Commons much harder to emulate in material world

Nov 27, 2010, 03:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marco Fioretti)

[ Thanks to M. Fioretti for this link. ]

"In September 2010 I went to the Open World Forum to present some first results of my research about local impacts of Open Data. The Forum was an interesting and varied event, that gave space to very interesting talks, keynotes and comments about freedom, education and gender diversity in software. Another great moment for me was the contribution to the final panel by John Wilbank, Vice-President for Science Creative Commons.

"Wilbank explained very well that, in a world that is undoubtedly plagued by copyright abuse from corporations, the Free Software and Creative Commons movements have been able to achieve good results just because copyright exists, is more or less the same worldwide AND only cares about immaterial objects. But trying to port the same ideals and methods to manufacturing and other fields, said Wilbank, is much more problematic and may even backfire in some cases. I found what Wilbank said very interesting, so I asked him to elaborate on the subject. Here are his answers (italic is mine), which I think are good food for thought for anybody interested in the Commons and in a more open society."

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