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Sharing: Culture and the Economy in the Internet Age
by Philippe Aigrain
Amsterdam University Press, 2012
eISBN: 978-90-485-1534-9 | Paper: 978-90-8964-385-8
Library of Congress Classification HM851.A35 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification 302.2

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An in-depth exploration of digital culture and its dissemination, Sharing offers a counterpoint to the dominant view that file sharing is piracy. Instead, Philippe Aigrain looks at the benefits of file sharing, which allows unknown writers and artists to be appreciated more easily. Concentrating not only on the cultural enrichment caused by widely shared digital media, Sharing also discusses new financing models that would allow works to be shared freely by individuals without aim at profit. Aigrain carefully balances the needs to support and reward creative activity with a suitable respect for the cultural common good and proposes a new interpretation of the digital landscape.


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