The Art of the Creative Commons

Openness, Networked Value and Peer Production in the Sound Industry


The Art of the Creative Commons is a book about peer-to-peer production, providing a unique model of commons from the creative industries. The book expands the knowledge about the role in which an alternative framework of copyright protection (Creative Commons) regulates and establishes norms and conventions within the commons. The book gives insight into a vibrant community that fosters creative projects and a variety of works, from elementary school plays to exhibitions in the Smithsonian or multimillion-dollar Hollywood films.

Taking up the perspective of the creative workforce involved in production and collaboration permits understanding the rules of production that follow an alternative model of production. By analyzing issues of media production, this book engages with current scholarship on critical management, political economy and cultural studies.

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Miłosz Miszczyński, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at Kozminski University, Poland. He conducts research in the fields of critical studies of organisations and labour. His work includes publications in Organization, Critical Sociology and European Journal of Cultural Studies.

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Introduction The Art of the Creative Commons
 1 Creative Industries: Opening Copyright with Open Licensing

 2 Creative Commoning: Commons-Based Peer Production and Networked Value of Objects

 3 Sound Industry and

 4 Studying the Art of the Creative Commons

 5 The Structure of the Book

1Managing and Organizing Openness in the Digital Economy
 1 Openness in Business Strategy and Operations
 1.1 Open Innovation

 1.2 Open Business

 2 Participatory Cultures
 2.1 Open Capital

 2.2 Open Production

 3 Openness in Public Policy
 3.1 Open Data Movement

 3.2 Open Scholarship

 3.3 Open Government

2Cultural, Legal and Organisational Foundations of Digital Commons and Peer-Production
 1 Culture of Resistance and the Roots of the Digital Commons

 2 Open Licensing: The Legal Foundations of Digital Commoning

 3 Principles of Digital Peer Production

3Creative Commons Political Economy of Creative Peer-to-Peer Production
 1 The Basic Framework of Copyright in Creative Industries

 2 Creative Industries’ Crisis in the Digital Era

 3 Opening Creative Industries: Creative Commons as a Remedy to Restrictiveness of Copyright

 4 Creative Commons: Alternative Production and Distribution in Sound Industry

4Creative Commons Peer-Production and the Quest for Networked Value
 1 Metadata and Content Annotation

 2 Sound Scenes and Their Cross-Fertilisation

 3 Growing Commons: Providing Representation for Underrepresented Sound

 4 Sharing Building Blocks: On a Search for Use Value of Content

5The Art of Commoning and Content in Context
 1 Technical Quality and Context

 2 Openness and Artistic Experimentation

 3 Sound Commoning and a Sense of Community

6Acknowledging Authorship Attribution in the Market Context
 1 Attribution and Reputation

 2 Waiving Attribution

 3 Violation of Creative Commons License

 4 Public Domain (cc-0) as a Response to Limitations of Protection

 5 Conclusion

7Art for Art’s Sake? Commodifying the Commons
 1 Symbolic Unity of Creative Commons and Creative Industries

 2 Multiple Channel Content Sales

 3 Freemium Mode of Sound and Related Products

 4 Exclusivity of Access and Intermediation

 5 Curation and Automated Integration

 6 Conclusions

Conclusion The Art of the Creative Commons
 1 Creative Commons and the Opening of the Creative Industries

 2 Networked Value and the Commons

 3 Artistic Work through Commons-Based Production

 4 Creative Commons in the Political Economy of the Creative Industries

 5 Future Research on the Art of the Commons



Scholars and students of digital labour and creative work representing a broad range of disciplines, such as critical management studies, sociology and anthropology.
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