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By David Berry

From downloading song and films to getting access to unfastened software program, electronic media is forcing us to reconsider the very inspiration of highbrow estate. whereas massive businesses bitch approximately misplaced earnings, the person hasn't ever loved such freedom and autonomy. Berry explores this debate in a concise means, delivering an awesome advent for someone no longer versed within the legalistic terminology that -- up earlier -- has ruled insurance of this issue.Looking on the old improvement of the unfastened software program and the open resource circulate he examines its progress, politics and capability influence, exhibiting how the tips that encouraged the move have now started to persuade the broader cultural panorama. He explores no matter if unfastened software program bargains us the aptitude to re-think our dating with expertise within the details society. This ebook will attract scholars of media and journalism, and a person drawn to new possibilities for making a actually self sustaining and democratic media.

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The voice of the public, whether viewed as citizens or, more depressingly, as consumers/customers, has been increasingly drowned out of this discussion (see Couldry 2004: 3–4). The corporations continually make the case for ‘immaterial’ products to be realised as profit, arguing that protection for digital goods should be clear, legally unambiguous and fully alienable. This has to date been implemented through a number of different means: (1) the use and extension of existing intellectual property rights (IPRs), such as copyright and patents; (2) through the implementation of digital rights management technologies (DRM), such as CD copyprotection; and (3) the End User Licence Agreements (EULAs) or ‘click-through’ contracts, the terms of which are increasingly weighted in favour of the corporations at the expense of the consumer (or citizen).

This book will focus on the GPL and the BSD as examples of an ideal-type of public licence (generally the others either water down provisions from the GPL/ BSD or else strengthen the corporate ownership and control of the Berry 01 chap01 18 5/8/08 12:05:21 TH E CA NA RY IN TH E M INE 19 software)20. Additionally there are proprietary software licences (known as End User Licence Agreements or EULAs) which, generally speaking, are extremely restrictive licences which are deemed to be accepted by the customer merely by opening the shrink-wrapping or clicking the agreement licence splash-page on the software.

In Chapter 5, I then look at the contestation of computer code, and discuss how competing claims about ‘code’ reflect important normative standpoints within free software and open source. Through a close reading of their discourses I examine how each side asserts ideological claims about their preferred form of intellectual property rights, immaterial labour and community more generally. Finally, in Chapter 6, I outline the key findings of the book and try to highlight the way in which FLOSS gives us an important insight into understanding and critiquing the notion of the information society.

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