Commonising the enclosure : online games and reforming intellectual property regimes

Moore, Christopher 2005, Commonising the enclosure : online games and reforming intellectual property regimes, International journal of emerging technologies and society, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 100-114.

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Title Commonising the enclosure : online games and reforming intellectual property regimes
Author(s) Moore, Christopher
Journal name International journal of emerging technologies and society
Volume number 3
Issue number 2
Start page 100
End page 114
Total pages 15
Publisher Swinburne University of Technology
Place of publication Hawthorn, Vic.
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1835-8780
Keyword(s) massive multiplayer online role-playing games
intellectual property
Summary Online computer gamers are a creative bunch, from the mayhem of first-person shooters (FPS) to the more social experiences of massive multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG), gamers are producing new content for their favourite titles at an amazing rate. This paper explores the rewriting of the boundaries in the production and ownership of intellectual property in the computer games industry. The purpose is to examine the potential for computer game studies to contribute to an understanding of an alternative intellectual property regime known as the commons. This paper will explore how computer games users establish commons-like formations, specific to the digital environment, that extend the confines of current intellectual property rights. It will argue that the productive activities of online gamers are not motivated by the traditional logic of market-based incentives. This represents a new condition which may contribute to a reformation of the privatising enclosure of the intellectual property system.
Keywords: massive multiplayer online
Language eng
Field of Research 200102 Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970110 Expanding Knowledge in Technology
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2005
Copyright notice ©2005, Australian Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society
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