The knowledge revolution

13 10 2008

By Becky Hogge

The global transformation of the market in intellectual property is provoking elite resistance, but also creative initiatives to develop the potential of the new knowledge economy. Becky Hogge maps the state of debate.

In 2006, at the launch of Unbounded Freedom, Rosemary Bechler’s investigation into the Creative Commons for the British Council think-tank Counterpoint, I heard a comment I have not forgotten. The event had been contentious, dividing its audience of publishers, scientists and technologists. The two speakers, one from the publishing industry and one from the world of intellectual-property reform, had not seen eye-to-eye. Then a man with a background in scientific research funding stood up. “It appears to me there are two sides


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