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The Return of the Public Domain


We are observing an important change in the way Intellectual Property Rights are used in business models. Across industries, innovation is being introduced in models based on open or collaborative models, but also in ways that are not protected at all, i.e. based on the public domain. This is the Return of the Public Domain. It is visible in different industries, and will affect all business models based on innovation. This article establishes a trend that will allow you to understand and connect many separate developments, and will discuss consequences and ramifications of the Return of the Public Domain.

Joren De Wachter

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