From DRM to Smart Contracts to CopyFair

By | November 8, 2015

As nice as a digital commons might be, I think that digital commons platforms today lack in one particular aspect embodied quite closely by 'CopyFair'.

In the race for data ownership and data monetization, large corporations have built significant businesses around collecting data and works from users, and capitalizing on their productions – but not sharing the associated profits. The result is a transfer of capital from consumers to intermediaries (online platforms), leaving the creators and data owners out of the loop.

CopyFair is one attempt at reworking the profit sharing agreement, paying out royalties to data owners / creators for commercial use of their works and information. While it is not perfect, it represents a major step forward to building a viable, long-term digital economic system that ensures continued capital flow as opposed to capital concentration.

/via +Hoda Maalouf

The Shift from Open Platforms to Digital Commons | Open Thoughts
By David Bollier, author, blogger and consultant. From open access platforms to managed digital commons: that is one of the chief challenges that network-based peer production must meet if we are going to unleash the enormous value that distributed, autonomous production can create.

4 thoughts on “From DRM to Smart Contracts to CopyFair

  1. Malthus John

    There are several countries developing a blockchain voting system right now. There are also some apps coming out, like

    Most of those concerns you have are only a problem because of the monopolistic corporations that have central control over everything, +Sophie Wrobel. Their model, based on industrial age mentality, will not last in the new era anyway, they are just bridges. (not that they think that)

  2. Sophie Wrobel

    It would be complicated because of the "need to vanish". There are cases where people need to change their identity – think of victims – to be able to reestablish their lives. There are times when information is voluntarily rescinded – think of a young adult removing drunken party pics before a job application, or an unsubscription from a mailing list, or a video takedown due to copyright infringement.

    I think the future of information brokerage lies in a common framework encoding the rights of replication, access, use, and purpose, and destruction together with a blockchain technology. Yes, there are some attempts at this as well, but so far only that – just attempts.

  3. Scott Foust

    On a side note, a part of this article mentions blockchain tech (like BitCoins) and voting.

    How difficult would it be to transform it into a more trusted digital voting system? Perhaps one that anybody could use to verify the outcome of an election.

    From the article, "How do you know that a given digital object — a bitcoin, a legal document, digital certificate, dataset, a vote or digital identity asserted by an individual — is the “real thing” and not a forgery? By using a searchable online “ledger” that keeps track of all transactions (i.e., bitcoins), blockchain technology solves this problem by acting as a kind of permanent record maintained by a vast distributed peer network. This makes it far more secure than data kept at a centralized location because the authenticity of a bitcoin registered among so many nodes in the network is virtually impossible to corrupt"


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