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Information Abundance and Knowledge Commons

Madison, Michael J (2016) Information Abundance and Knowledge Commons. In: User Generated Law: Re-Constructing Intellectual Property in a Knowledge Society. Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham UK, pp. 28-54. ISBN 978 1 78347 955 9

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Standard accounts of IP law describe systems of legal exclusion intended to prompt the production and distribution of intellectual resources, or information and knowledge, by making those things artificially scarce. The argument presented here frames IP law instead as one of several possible institutional responses to the need to coordinate the use of intellectual resources given their natural abundance, and not necessarily useful or effective responses at that. The chapter aims to shift analytic and empirical frameworks from those grounded in law to those grounded in governance, and from IP law in isolation to IP law as part of resource management. Knowledge commons is proposed as a framework for examining and understanding governance of shared knowledge resources. Examples and illustrations are drawn from several domains of information and knowledge governance.


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Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Madison, Michael Jmadison@pitt.eduMADISON0000-0001-6503-754X
Date: 2016
Date Type: Publication
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Place of Publication: Cheltenham UK
Page Range: pp. 28-54
Schools and Programs: School of Law > Law
School of Law > Law > Faculty Publications
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: Intellectual property, property, resources, objects, things, works, commons, knowledge commons, governance, scarcity, abundance, exclusivity
ISBN: 978 1 78347 955 9
Title of Book: User Generated Law: Re-Constructing Intellectual Property in a Knowledge Society
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Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2019 15:27
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2019 15:27


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