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Constitutional conventions: best practice

A rich and surprising fusion of word, sound and image is generating a new, transcultural creative space: the digital commons. It's also free – and that provokes opposition from those with legal, business or artistic interests in keeping culture under copyright. openDemocracy writers map the history, potential and barriers of the new "remix world".

Art under control in North Korea

What does a totalitarian regime expect from its artists? Jane Portal explores the role of art in North Korea.

The global digital commons and other unlikely tales

The commons movement may be groundbreaking and innovative but as it hurtles towards a global model, it risks the privatisation of culture and a disregard for national boundaries, says David M Berry.

Education and development on the high seas of copyright infringement

When is a pirate not a pirate? When he's trying to get an education. Alan Story, Colin Darch and Debora Halbert track the course of the criminalisation of copyright infringement from western bedrooms to the university campuses of the developing world.

iCommons for beginners

A discussion of Creative Commons

Free culture and the internet: a new semiotic democracy

An enriching form of individual creativity and technology is inventing a new global space: the digital commons. Elizabeth Stark introduces a debate that explores the possibilities and challenges of a culture without borders - or owners.
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