—Lawrence Lessig, Stanford Law School, author of Free Culture
"We hear much these days of the 'knowledge society.' The usual implication of the phrase is that knowledge is something to be owned. Yet it is well known, indeed obvious, that creativity and innovation happen only when nurtured by large areas of common knowledge. The contributors to this book document the current erosion of the commons, and show ways to move forward by reconciling conflicting demands in a collaborative manner. Profound, thoughtful, pragmatic, and very readable, the articles range from historical perspective to practical advice, bringing fresh air to discussions around intellectual property and revealing how contingent are the 'norms' of today. They give answers and hope to those who sense that something is amiss with the system but are unsure about the alternatives."
—John Sulston, The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine (2002)