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Brett M. Frischmann, Michael J. Madison, and Katherine J. Strandburg

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199972036

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199972036.001.0001

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Governing Knowledge Commons

Governing Knowledge Commons

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Governing Knowledge Commons
Brett M. Frischmann, Michael J. Madison, Katherine J. Strandburg
Oxford University Press

This chapter sets out the knowledge commons framework that forms the foundation for the case study chapters that follow, and it provides not only an explanation of its purposes but also a guide to applying it. The framework builds on the Institutional Analysis and Development approach pioneered by Elinor Ostrom and her collaborators for systematically studying commons arrangements in the natural environment. The systematic approach to case study design and analysis provided by the knowledge commons framework is intended not only to structure individual case studies in a useful and productive way but also to make it possible eventually to produce generalizable results. An improved understanding of knowledge commons is critical for obtaining a more complete perspective on intellectual property policy and its interactions with other legal and social mechanisms for governing creativity and innovation.

Keywords:   Knowledge, information, commons, innovation, creativity, intellectual property, IAD framework, Elinor Ostrom, institutions

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