by Clarence Ling — published in 2011

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Murdoch University Electronic Journal of Law

ABSTRACT: It has always been hard to enforce copyright of software and other electronic media. Monopoly has always been at the centre of the concept of contemporary intellectual property so what happens when you enforce limited rights as in libre licensing? Libre licensing is likely to remain no more than an alternative to copyright despite its advantages, because of shortcomings in producing innovation and in some circumstances, remunerating authors. It is more likely to complement proprietary licenses rather than to oppose them. Libre licensing is an indicator of a need for less monopoly rather than no monopoly and monopoly should remain the centre of any copyright regime. The question is the degree of monopoly rather than its absence or presence. Lawrence Lessig offers some suitable guidelines as to how to reduce monopoly, but his arguments go too far and have become extreme.

Academic sector, Political/Regulatory/Legal, copyright, IPR, access to information, open source