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Evi Giannatou

Project Description:

This project examines the interaction between ICTs, legal innovation (the Creative Commons licensing system) and social and economic practices. It focuses on how this interaction generates a new range of possibilities in producing and distributing creative works without neglecting to explore the social practices that surround and sustain both new and old ways of cultural production. More specifically it investigates the ways that online communities such as the Open Content Filmmakers, their audiences and the Free Culture Movement are utilising Creative Commons licenses in order to develop novel business strategies through creative collaborations which are better adjusted to the new ICT ecosystem. Open licensing systems and user communities are viewed as mutually constitutive and therefore the aim is to capture the interactions and exchanges between innovative business practises and legal innovation (Creative Commons) as they develop simultaneously by their interconnection.