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Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own

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A world organized around centralized control, strict intellectual property rights, and hierarchies of credentialed experts is under siege. A radically different order of society based on open access, decentralized creativity, collaborative intelligence, and cheap and easy sharing is ascendant. -from Viral Spiral

From free and open-source software, Creative Commons licenses,
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Hardcover, 344 pages
Published January 4th 2009 by New Press, The (first published January 1st 2009)
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Bob
Mar 19, 2012 rated it liked it
I got this book because I was interested in the story of GNU/Linux and other open-source software, but it also had a great deal of information on the copyright battles going on in the US from the late 1990's until the 2000's.

As always, the story of open-source and free software is amazing. The book gives a decent background on the things that happened along the way to where we are now, a world where people use Blogs, Wikipedia, etc.

Libero
Really enjoyed the book. Excellent intro to the digital commons/creative commons world. There are a few things missing, but the book is comprehensive informative and fair. Plus you can get a free copy online published under creative commons!
Joe
Aug 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
History of the "information commons" movement from an insider's perspective. Accessible starting point to the topic and plenty for more experienced readers to digest.
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