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Questioning ‘Commons Talk’

This months’s Seedling, an excellent newsletter produced by the Farmers Rights organization GRAIN, contains a provocative – and long overdue – criticism of the tendency to invoke ‘commons’ willy-nilly whenever there is something to be defended from appropriation. Authored by the editorial team together with Brewster Kneen (author of the investigation about Cargill, “Invisible Giant” published by Pluto Press), the article poses very squarely the political aphasias of the ‘public’ – in the era of the privatizing neo-liberal state – and a ‘commons’ that it is not just compatible but even the post-industrial, and necessary, modification to business-as-usual. As an example of the latter they point to the potential of creative commons to simply legitimise the basic shibboleth of copyright by adapting it to technological reality without changing the relations of production.

November 28, 2006 - Posted by | /, intellectual property, law, material culture, social cooperation

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