[-empyre-] Intellectual property: hacking communities and traditional knowledge

pedro pedruski at gmail.com
Mon Apr 28 03:13:37 EST 2014

hi zac and everyone

the floksociety project in ecuador is working precisely on these themes :

you will find here reference to the proposal of a Peer Production
License license
which attempts to respond to the problematics you mention.



On Sat, Apr 26, 2014 at 7:16 AM, Zac Zimmer <zacz at vt.edu> wrote:

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> Hi to all, and thanks for the invitation to participate. I'd like to
> return to some of the issues posed earlier this month, and approach them
> through the lens of intellectual property.
> I assume everyone at empyre are familiar with the debates surrounding
> digital enclosures, digital commons, intellectual property, free software,
> free culture, etc. Speaking in broad terms, most members of the HASTAC and
> empyre communities likely reject the neoliberal IP maximalist position of
> the absolute and universal expansion of corporate-friendly North American
> norms of intellectual property. On the contrary, our communities celebrate
> the expansion of the public domain and open source information; some would
> even go so far as to name the free circulation of information as the source
> of human creative innovation.
> There is another organized group that resists the global IP maximalist
> position and has a very strong presence in the Andean region: indigenous
> communities. These communities are especially interested in protecting
> their traditional knowledges (TK) from capitalist appropriation. This leads
> us to a paradox: on the one hand, the central strategy for protecting TK
> resides in a process of withdrawing that knowledge from the global market
> and of creating more barriers to impede capitalist appropriation and
> exploitation of TK by multinational industry. On the other hand, the
> central strategy for protecting and advancing a culture of hacking and
> technological experimentation resides in a position of absolute openness,
> and a resistance to any barrier—be it technological, legal, or social—that
> would impede digital innovation.
> One can understand these two different approaches to globalizing IP
> norms—the openness of the hacker and the withdraw of the indigenous
> knower—but the distance between the two positions depoliticizes and
> deactivates a possible nucleus of collaboration. This is especially true
> given that within the logic of the World Intellectual Property Organization
> and bilateral Free Trade Agreements, both worlds—traditional knowledge and
> critical making—fall under the umbrella rubric of intellectual property. To
> explore this conflict, I pose the following question: how to connect the
> struggle to recognize and protect traditional knowledges with the struggle
> to protect a free and open network conducive to hacker culture?
> Zac Zimmer
> Assistant Professor of Spanish
> 313 Major Williams Hall
> Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
> Virginia Tech
> Blacksburg VA 24061
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