Hope you are doing well during these trying times.
I thought of this idea of writing an update to the Peer Production License and I wanted to get your feedback on it.
My idea is to add some ideas from Liberal Radicalism and Collective Management Organizations (CMOs) for copyright to the Peer Production License. Specifically, I was planning to add three additional components:
- Harberger Tax method,
- Stewardship/Collective Management Organization, and
- Production Provenance (can’t think of a good term for this right now).
Background information on the Harberger Tax and CMOs above topics can be found in the following list:
Additionally, I was considering applying the three components to a data sharing license but that is a conversation for another time.
In my update to the Peer Production License, I plan to incorporate the three components mentioned above. And most of the terminology in my proposed updated license will mostly come from the Peer Production License.
First, Capitalist businesses can use any copyrighted material for commercial or non-commercial purposes subject to the application of the Harberger Tax method to any adaptations of the copyrighted material. Some of the notable restrictions I envision adding are:
- Requiring the Capitalist business to apply the Harberger Tax method to any adaptations of the copyrighted material in determining royalties (based on the self-assessed value) to the Licensor
- Requiring the Capitalist business to use the self-assessed value as a maximum value of the adaptation (whether or not the adaptation is by itself or embedded in another copyrighted material) in future negotiations with any counterparty
- Requiring the Capitalist Business to apply an interest rate to the self-assessed value every year.
Second, requiring the Licensor to create a CMO for the copyrighted material when the Licensor has ~1000 Licensees. The CMO can be any of the following types of organizations:
- Stewardship Business
- Traditional CMO
- Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO)
- Membership-based Nonprofit
Ideally, anyone who is not a capitalist business will be required to become a member of the CMO or forfeit their rights in any adaptations of the copyrighted material to the Licensor. The CMO will take over the management of the copyrighted material for the benefit of its members (or this could be purpose-based).
Third, requiring that the Licensor and all Licensees provide Production Provenance of their adaptations of the copyrighted material (similar to CRediT – Contributor Roles Taxonomy). In this component, Licensees can satisfy this by stating how the work was produced (labor, time, funds, etc.), mentioning the Licensee(s) before them (i.e., tracking the line of licenses), and depositing proof of their adaptation in a publicly accessible database or repository (e.g., a public GitHub repository or open access repository).