In the past fifteen years, file sharing of digital cultural works between individuals has been at the center of a number of debates on the future of culture itself. To some, sharing constitutes piracy, to be fought against and eradicated. Others see it as unavoidable, and table proposals to compensate for its harmful effects. Meanwhile, little progress has been made towards addressing the real challenges facing culture in a digital world. "http://oapen.org/search?identifier=409602"> Go ahead. Take a copy Sharing is Legitimate An in-depth exploration of digital culture and its dissemination, Sharing: Culture and the Economy in the Internet Age offers a counterpoint to the dominant view that file sharing is piracy, analyzing it rather as the modern form of long recognized rights to share in culture. Sharing starts from a radically different viewpoint, namely that the non-market sharing of digital works is both legitimate and useful. Philippe Aigrain looks at the benefits of file sharing, which allows unknown writers and artists to be appreciated more easily. It supports this premise with empirical research, demonstrating that non-market sharing leads to more diversity in the attention given to various works. New Business Models Concentrating not only on the cultural enrichment caused by widely shared digital media, Sharing also discusses new financing models that would allow works to be shared freely by individuals without aim at profit. Aigrain carefully balances the needs to support and reward creative activity with a suitable respect for the cultural common good and proposes a new interpretation of the digital landscape. Living Book Sharing is also published as a 'living book' on "http://www.sharing-thebook.net"> WWW.SHARING-THEBOOK.NET. The author will continuously update the book with the latest developments in the field of digital file sharing. Readers are also invited to join in the discussion and provide updates to the book. Sharing is an Open Access publication and can be distributed under under a Creative Commons (CC BY NC ND) license.
Philippe Aigrain is the CEO of Sopinspace - Society for Public Information Spaces and one of the founders of La Quadrature du Net.|Suzanne Aigrain is lecturer in astrophysics at Oxford University and is a fellow of All Souls College.
Sharing - 2[-]Acknowledgments - 8[-]Contents - 10[-]List of Figures - 12[-]List of Tables - 14[-]1 Introduction - 16[-]Setting the scene - 20[-] 2 The Internet and creativity debate - 22[-] 3 The value of non-market sharing - 28[-] 4 Sustainable resources for creative activities - 50[-]The Creative Contribution - 58[-] 5 Which rights for whom? A choice of models - 60[-] 6 Defining rights and obligations - 80[-] 7 How much? - 90[-] 8 Sustainable financing for the commons - 128[-]Implementation - 136[-] 9 Organization and complementary policy measures - 138[-] 10 Usage measurement for equitable rewards - 146[-] 11 Clarification and counter-arguments - 158[-] 12 From proposal to reality - 170[-]Appendixes - 180[-] A Diversity of attention for beginners - 182[-] B The total cost of rewards and their distribution - 194[-] C Modeling usage measurement - 200[-]Notes - 208[-]Bibliography - 222[-]Index - 232