Free Culture between Commons and Markets

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= October 8-9, 2010 at the Free University Campus in Berlin


Conference: Free Culture between Commons and Markets: Approaching the Hybrid Economy?


"The Free Culture Research Conference presents a unique opportunity for scholars whose work contributes to the promotion, study or criticism of a Free Culture, to engage with a multidisciplinary group of academic peers and practitioners, identify the most important research opportunities and challenges, and attempt to chart the future of Free Culture.


It is hosted jointly by the Free University of Berlin and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies and will take place at

October 8-9, 2010 at the Free University Campus in Berlin,

in collaboration with COMMUNIA, the European Network on the digital public domain. Funding and support is also provided by the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

some topics on the agenda:

  *  Studies on the use and growth of open/free licensing models
  * Critical analyses of the role of Creative Commons or similar models
  * The role of  Free Culture in markets, industry, government, or the non-profit sector
  * Technical, legal or business solutions towards a hybrid economy
  * Incentives, innovation and community dynamics in open collaborative peer production
  * Economic models for the sustainability of commons-based production
  * The economic value of the public domain
  * Business models and the public domain
  * Successes and failures of open licensing
  * Analyses of policies, court rulings or industry moves that influence the future of Free Culture
  * Regional studies of Free Culture with global lessons
  * Best practices from open/free licensing, and the application of different business and organizational models by specific communities or individuals
  * Definitions of openness and freedom for different media types, users and communities
  * Broader economic, sociopolitical, legal or cultural implications of Free Culture initiatives and peer production practices
  * Methodological concerns in the study of Free Culture