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Coding Freedom by E. Gabriella Coleman

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CONCLUSION

The Cultural Critique of Intellectual Property Law

The door that is at least half-open, when it appears to open onto pleasant objects, is marked hope.

—Ernst Bloch, The Principle of Hope

This book concludes by examining one of the most significant, although unintended, political consequences of F/OSS technical production: the way it worked to fundamentally refigure the politics of intellectual property law. Using this material, I will revisit various themes raised throughout previous chapters and draw some preliminary conclusions about the importance of what I designate here as a material politics of cultural action.

A paradox is ...

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