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Economia Global e Gestão

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DOWBOR, Ladislau. From the intellectual property to the knowledge based economy. Economia Global e Gestão [online]. 2010, vol.15, n.2, pp.9-24. ISSN 0873-7444.

As the value of goods and services moves from material to knowledge content, the rules of the game are changing. Knowledge can be easily shared, for the benefit of all, and trying to prevent the natural curiosity we all feel in understanding how things happen, as well as the pleasure of creating and sharing cultural innovation, simply makes no sense. The different stakeholders of the creative process have a very legitimate right to earn their living, but certainly not by placing tollbooths at every step of innovation. We need more creativity in the rules of innovation. The present paper is an attempt to make good sense of the contributions of Manuel Castells on the network society, of Alvin Toffler on the megatrends of the knowledge society, of Lawrence Lessig on the future of ideas, of André Gorz on the creative economy, of Jeremy Rifkin on the era of access, of Eric Raymond on the connectivity culture, of Pierre Lévy on the concept of collective intelligence, of Joseph Stiglitz on the limitations of the patent system, of Hazel Henderson on the «win-win» collaborative process, of James Boyle on the rules of the new game, for it is a new game, and just looking for «pirates» and «criminals» is not helping.

Palavras-chave : Knowledge Based Society; Intellectual Property; Patent System; Network Society.

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