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David Bollier’s Viral Spiral is the first major history of the “digital commons” / “free culture” movement, and despite my many person disagreements with him and this movement, it is an excellent treatment of the topic. Bollier surveys this growing intellectual movement from its early open source days to the rise of the Creative Commons and on into the present. The cast of characters in this drama will be well-known to anyone involved in modern tech policy debates: Richard Stallman, Lawrence Lessig, Jonathan Zittrain, Yochai Benkler, et al.
Review: Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their OwnUser Review - Bob - Goodreads
I got this book because I was interested in the story of GNU/Linux and other open-source software, but it also had a great deal of information on the copyright battles going on in the US from the late ... Read full review