Sustainability of Free and Open as Key Political Issue

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"Yann Moulier-Boutang, University of Technology of Compiègne, editor of Quarterly French Review MULTITUDES

Sustainablility of Free and Open: from Terra Nullius to the new Commons

A comparison can be made between the former commons before the application of the terra nullius principle of european colonization and enclosures of primitive accumulation in Western countries and the new commons of the digital era. Like the public sector, the open source and free movement are yielding for free positive externalities to market economy without the ressources granted by state. Unless you tackle with the revenue issue, like the copyleft movement or the Creatives commons licences, the model has to be highly funded through private sponsorship or public subvention with all the disadvantages in terms of freedom. Economic sustainability of the new commons is a crucial political issue."