Ralf Schlatterbeck from Vienna has posted another article on the much – contested PPL question. See below – after a short introduction.
Most of our readers might remember the article „Socialist Licenses?“ by Stefan Meretz which was published recently here in Keimform.
On 20th of March, Michel Bauwens replied in the P2P weblog. His key argument is the following: „the present fully-sharing open licenses which allow unrestricted commercial exploitation create a ‘communism of capital’, i.e. a sphere of open knowledge, code and design, which is subsumed to the present dominant political economy. But what we need is an autonomous sphere of peer production, in which commoners and peer producers can create their own livelyhood, while staying in the sphere of the commons. In other words, we need a ‘capital for the commons’. The best way to achieve that is to converge the sphere of immaterial commons contributions, with a sphere of cooperative accumulation through which the surplus value can stay within the sphere of commons/cooperative production.“
This has been again contested from several sides. (mehr …)