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On the Political Economy of Copy Protection

UnknownThis article was published in: Tilman Baumgärtel (Ed.), A Reader on International Media Piracy, Amsterdam University Press, pp. 131-144. It is the English translation of Zur politischen Ökonomie von Kopie und Kopierschutz.

Why does copy protection exist? What is been protected against whom? The spontaneous answers to these simple questions refer to the prevailing forms of thinking in commodity society: The “intellectual property” just has to be protected against theft, just like everybody locks their door in order to prevent the television set from be carried away by “TV pirates”.

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Kategorien: Eigentumsfragen, English, Theorie

24. November 2015, 15:08 Uhr   Kommentieren

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Presentation »From Commons to Commonism?«

Before traveling through the Baltics, I gave a presentation in a squatted house in Helsinki, Finland, called »Makamik«, on the question on if and how the Commons can be generalized up to the societal level. The answer in short: Yes. In order to make this thinkable we need some very well developed notions, and the talk is about that. Here are the Slides (PDF, ODP) and the audio files taken by Kalle from Kosmas TV (OGG, MP3) — thanks a lot!


Kategorien: Commons, English, Theorie

17. September 2015, 14:19 Uhr   Kommentieren

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From Commons to Commonism

meretzkommonismismakamikOn Sunday, July 5th, at 6 pm, I will give a presentation on the potences of the Commons to be generalized to the level of whole society. The presentation will be given in English and takes place in Makamik, a squated house in Helsinki. See also (in finnish).

Kategorien: Commons, English, Termine

29. Juni 2015, 11:11 Uhr   4 Kommentare

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Serious Fun: Games Beyond Capital

Designing a Game to Promote Critical Computing Practices Beyond Capital

A workshop at Aarhus 2015 Conference on Critical Alternatives (August, 17-21)

Many of us grew up playing a game called Monopoly—it was about property, and winning other people’s money and land. But is that really the world we want? What if there were a different game?

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Kategorien: English

8. Mai 2015, 07:07 Uhr   1 Kommentar

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From Buen Vivir to the Commons

This is a nice clip on alternative approaches. Like other approaches it shows the tendency to subsume many „alternatives“ as such under one leading approach — the Commons in this example. And there is one tiny weird statement which feels a bit like conspiracy thinking declaring „The Wall Street“ as source of all evil. Nevertheless, watch it 🙂

Kategorien: Commons, English, Medientipp

20. April 2015, 07:36 Uhr   2 Kommentare

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Circular Knitic

Circular Knitic is an Open Hardware replicable circular knitting machine. It can be digitally fabricated by using 3D printing, laser cutting, and Arduino — available in your favorite FabLab.

Kategorien: English, Freie Hardware

26. Februar 2015, 15:59 Uhr   Kommentieren

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Twin Oaks: »It is radical sharing«

Is there a sharing culture beyond economy, namely the »shareconomy«? Yes, there is. Watch this inspiring video of the Twin Oaks Community. They have »radical sharing« inside, but selling their commodities to the markets outside. It is one option in a capitalist environment.

Kategorien: English, Praxis-Reflexionen

22. Februar 2015, 13:43 Uhr   Kommentieren

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Omni Commons

Kategorien: Commons, English, Medientipp

27. Januar 2015, 10:15 Uhr   Kommentieren

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From Fab Labs to Fab Cities

Kategorien: English, Freie Hardware

19. November 2014, 06:21 Uhr   Kommentieren

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Book of Peer Production

Journal of Peer ProductionThe Book of Peer Production has been released as a special edition of Journal of Peer Production. It consists of papers written by presenters at the Peer Production-track at the Free Society Conference and Nordic Summit (FSCONS) in Göteborg 2014. It is cool, that all content in the book is in the public domain.

Johan Söderberg and Mathieu O’Neil explain: „In fact, the commons and peer production are two names for describing the same thing: a particular kind of labour relation. This labour relation is predicated on voluntary participation and the self-selection of tasks.“ — This is exactly what I mean by the commons as being a new elementary form (as used by Marx) of social production opposed to the commodity form.

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Kategorien: Commons, English, Freie Software, Medientipp, Theorie

16. November 2014, 07:08 Uhr   Kommentieren