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Friday, May 16, 2008

Funding the free exchange of digital works

Mutualised schemes for the funding of and reward to creative activities, La Quadrature du Net, May 16, 2008.  (Thanks to Manon Ress.)  Excerpt:

Nota for English speaking-readers: the notion of a mutualised scheme is less familiar in English than in Latin languages....We use this expression for schemes where every potential user contributes equally to the funding of a global ecosystem of activities.

Two imperatives

  1. Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
  2. Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), art. 27

The text that follows addresses two issues that have been up to now excluded form the official debates on culture and the Internet:

  1. How can it be made possible for all to freely exchange on a non-profit basis the digital representations of published works?
  2. What can we put in place to fund creative activities and reward their success? ...

Putting in place a new type of mutualised funding scheme associated with the free non-market exchange of digital works can not be an object of improvisation. It calls for an in-depth debate between stakeholders, experts and the public....