Public domain as a master frame?

  • Sebastian Haunss Lecturer Department of Theory and Constitution of the Welfare State Universität Bremen
Keywords: Intellectual Property Rights, Public Domain, Social Movements, Knowledge Society, Discourse Analysis

Abstract

In a widely cited article Boyle suggests that a movement against the growing propertization of knowledge should develop a mobilization frame centered around the idea of the public domain. Based on an analysis of the framing strategies in the two most important protest mobilizations against extensive intellectual property rights I discuss whether and to which degree these movements did actually put the concept of the public domain at the center of their argumentation. The article uses political claims analysis and discourse analysis to show that the actual framing strategies relied on other frames. It closes with a discussion, explaining why the idea of the public domain is essentially a defensive concept with a limited potential for movements that primarily address the production of knowledge.

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Author Biography

Sebastian Haunss, Lecturer Department of Theory and Constitution of the Welfare State Universität Bremen

Sebastian Haunss
Ph.D. (Dr. rer. pol) in Political Science
Senior researcher and leader of the research group social conflicts at the SOCIUM – Research Center on Inequality and Social Policy, University of Bremen
sebastian.haunss@uni-bremen.de
Research areas: social movements, conflicts of the knowledge society, network analysis, political discourse

Published
2016-05-09
How to Cite
Haunss, S. (2016). Public domain as a master frame?. Etikk I Praksis - Nordic Journal of Applied Ethics, 10(1), 45-59. https://doi.org/10.5324/eip.v10i1.1969
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