Culture and the Economy in the Internet Age

Philippe Aigrain


Philippe Aigrain

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

With a Contribution by Suzanne Aigrain
244 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2012
Paper $52.50 ISBN: 9789089643858 Published February 2012 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

An in-depth exploration of digital culture and its dissemination, Sharing offers a counterpoint to the dominant view that file sharing is piracy. Instead, Philippe Aigrain looks at the benefits of file sharing, which allows unknown writers and artists to be appreciated more easily. 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.

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1. Introduction
Setting the Scene
2. The internet and creativity debate
3. The value of non-market sharing
4. Sustainable resources for creative activities
The Creative Contribution
5. Which rights for whom? A choice of models
6. Defining rights and obligations
7. How much?
8. Sustainable financing for the commons
9. Organization and complementary policy measures
10. Usage measurement for equitable rewards
11. Clarification and counter-arguments
12. From proposal to reality

    A. Diversity of attention for beginners
    B. The total cost of rewards and their distribution
    C. Modeling usage measurement
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