The Digital Public Domain: Relevance and Regulation
Free University of Berlin (FUB) - Department of Business and Economics
November 15, 2011
HIIG Discussion Paper Series No. 2012-02
After clarifying the notion and different areas of the (digital) "public domain" the paper engages in discussing literature on its relevance for society in general and economic innovation in particular. The effectiveness of the utilization of these abstract potentials however depends on the respective public domain regulation. In this context, the paper distinguishes different regulatory modes and arenas in both copyright and patent law, thereby focusing private regulatory initiatives such as Creative Commons or Biological Open Source (BiOS). In the last section, the paper presents open research questions and makes some preliminary suggestions for potential research strategies.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 38
Keywords: Public Domain, Commons, Regulation, Innovation, Patents, Copyrightworking papers series
Date posted: February 27, 2012
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