The Information Commons

A Public Policy Report

Brennan Center For Justice at NYU School of Law, by Nancy Kranich, edited by Marjorie Heins

2004, 58 pages. Published by Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, Decmocracy Program, Free Expression Policy Project, 161 Avenue of the Americas, 12th floor, New York, NY, 10013, 212-998-6730,,

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This concise report addresses policy questions that have arisen out of consolidation in the media industry and recent more restrictive laws governing intellectual property that affect open political discourse, free speech, and information sharing. Documenting examples of new "information commons" projects, the report demonstrates the importance of this movement and outlines theories and best practices that have developed in its growth. This is an excellent primer for those who may feel befuddled by this emerging and complex topic.