RE: Physical and other contemporary limits to peer production (was: Re: [ox-en] reprap, exploitation, free goods etc)
- From: "Paul Cockshott" <wpc dcs.gla.ac.uk>
- Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2008 22:25:53 +0100
In fact there are information goods which need pretty big means of
production to be produced. Just think of research. Much research needs
huge and extremely expensive machines to produce machines. Space
research, sub-atom research, pharmaceutical research, ... All these
types of research more or less produce information. But they face the
same problems in terms of peer production as producing physical goods.
Yes but the product of this research, in the case of physics for
is a common good, nobody owns information about fundamental particles.
Where the research is performed under capitalist relations of production
rather than being funded by society as a whole, attempts are made to
privately appropriate the knowledge.
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