This paper looks at some of the politics and economics surrounding online information. It asks why this area become so bitterly contested, especially around intellectual property, and explores the dilemmas this creates for policy-makers. The paper stands back from this to ask why things have reached this impasse, and presents an analysis that positions all these competing visions within a broader understanding of what constitutes 'the public sphere'. It concludes by out-lining the possibilities available for Government.
This is the first working paper in an on-going project, 'Intellectual Property and the Public Sphere: Balancing Competing Priorities'
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