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Peer production, disruption and the law – call for debates, essays and interviews


DATABASE at Postmasters, March 2009 by Michael Mandiberg / CC BY-SA

From The Journal of Peer Production

We are now inviting contributions to this special edition of the Journal of Peer Production in the form of short essays of between 1000 and 3000 words to complement the longer peer reviewed articles that will appear in thisedition of the journal, due to be published in December 2014 The contributions can be testimonies, working papers and critical essays by researchers and practitioners. Debates are essays by several authors expressing clearly contrasting viewpoints about a relevant issue.

The deadline for these contributions is 24 October 2014 and should be sent to

disruptlawissue AT

The contributions will be reviewed by the editors – Steve Collins (Macquarie) and Angela Daly (Swinburne/European University Institute) – and so will not be peer-reviewed. Please see here for more details on JoPP submissions and style:

Special edition description

The disruption caused by new technologies and non-conventional methods of organisation have posed challenges for the law, confronting regulators with the need to balance justice with powerful interests. Experience from the “disruptions” of the late 20th century has shown that the response from incumbent industries can lead to a period of intense litigation and lobbying for laws that will maintain the status quo. For example, following its “Napster moment”, the music industry fought to maintain its grip on distribution channels through increased copyright enforcement and the longer copyright terms it managed to extract from the legislative process. The newspaper industry has similarly seen its historical revenue stream of classified ads disrupted by more efficient online listings, and responded to its own failure to capitalise on online advertising by launching legal campaigns against Google News in various European countries.

Though the law as it stands may not be well-equipped to deal with disruptive episodes, the technological innovations of the last twenty years have created an environment that generates disruption. The Internet, the Web and networked personal computers have converged into the ubiquitous post-PC media device, leaving twentieth century paradigms of production, consumption and distribution under considerable threat. The latest technology to be added to this group of disruptive innovations may be 3D printing, which in recent times has become increasingly available and accessible to users in developed economies, whilst the manufacturing capacity of 3D printers has dramatically grown. Although current offerings on the market are far from a Star Trek-like “replicator”, the spectre of disruption has once again arrived, with the prospect of 3D printed guns inspiring a moral panic and raising questions of gun control, regulation, jurisdiction and effective control. In addition, 3D printing raises a number of issues regarding intellectual property, going far beyond the copyright problems that file-sharing brought about due to its production of physical objects.

This special issue of the Journal of Peer Production calls for contributions that deal with the intersection of peer production, disruptive technologies and the law. Potential topics include, but are not restricted to:

– The threat posed by peer production to legacy industries

– The regulation of disruptive technologies through the rule of law or embedded rights management

– Lobbying strategies of incumbent players to stymie disruptive technologies

– Emergent economies or practices as a result of disruptive technologies

– Extra-legal norm formation in peer production communities around disruptive technologies

– Historical perspectives on the legal status of collaborative projects

– Critical legal approaches to technology, disruption and peer production

– The role and ability of the law (which differs across jurisdictions) in regulating autonomous production

– The resilience of law in the face of social and technological change

– The theories and assumptions which continue to underpin laws rendered obsolete by social and technological change

JoPP will be published twice a year. All scientific contributions will be peer reviewed. Submissions should be made to the editors though our contact form. PEERPRODUCTION.NET


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Legislation and Finance for community ownership of renewable energy across Europe


Monday, 6 October, 201409:30 to 16:30 | Brussels, Belgium

REScoop 20-20-20 in cooperation with Co-power and the European Union organises a conference on legislation and finance for people’s ownership of community renewable energy across Europe.

Conference objectives

We urgently need to change our energy system into one powered by renewable energy to end
our dependency on fossil fuels and the harm they are doing to peoples, our climate and our
environment. By putting communities and citizens at the heart of a shift to renewable
energy we can achieve a transition more quickly, fairly and with added benefits.
All over Europe communities and citizens are already producing community owned renewable
energy. However, many barriers still need to be tackled, such as the lack of political will for a
transition towards renewables, and financial and legal obstacles to community owned projects.
The conference will focus on the following topics:

• Successful community renewable energy projects
• Legislative challenges across Europe
• Financing in Central and Eastern European countries
• Renewable energy cooperatives (REScoops) and financing
Target groups: EU and national policy makers, RES industry


Download the program (pdf)


09:30 Registration


Moderation: Dominik Rutz, WIP Renewable Energies, Germany

10:00 Welcome and introduction

Susann Scherbarth, Friends of the Earth Europe, Belgium

10:05 Key note speech (tbc.)

10:20 Latest EU policy developments in the field of climate and energy – community

energy perspectives

Marie Donnelly, DG Energy, European Commission, Belgium (tbc.)

To be invited by EASME, Stephan Renner

10:35 Enabling community energy in Europe: CO-POWER and REScoop 20-20-20 actions

Susann Scherbarth, Friends of the Earth Europe, Belgium

Dirk Vansintjan, Ecopower, Belgium


Success stories

Moderation: Rita Mergner, WIP Renewable Energies, Germany

10:50 Elektrizitätswerke Schönau in Germany

Ursula Sladek, EWS, Germany (tbc.)

11:00 The use of energy savings in cooperatives : a success story in the Czech Republic

Speaker to be proposed

11:10 Coffee break


Legislation and financing

Moderation: Dirk Vansintjan, Ecopower, Belgium

11:30 Financing renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across Europe

Karel Derveaux, Ecopower, Belgium (tbc.)

11:45 Legislation on community RES projects in Europe: different models in Europe

Josh Roberts, ClientEarth, UK

12:00 Cohesion funding opportunities for cooperatives

Markus Trilling, Bankwatch

12:15 Lunch Panel discussion: future of community power projects in Europe

Moderation – Journalist (e.g. J. Mock) – Invited by Susann

13:15 Panellists

Marie Donnelly, DG Energy, European Commission, Belgium (tbc.)

Claude Turmes, European Parliament, Belgium (tbc.) – To be invited by EASME,

Stephan Renner

Mayor of a city

Magda Stoczkiewicz, Director of FoEE (invited by Susann)

Local authority (the city of Freiburg etc.)

Objective: to discuss concrete possibilities to move community energy forward in current climate energy debates

14:15 Coffee break

Working groups on community energy

Moderation: Markus Trilling, Bankwatch, Belgium and Josh Roberts, ClientEarth, UK

14:35 Working groups on community energy

Group 1: Financing community owned renewable energy projects

Discussion on financing barriers and solutions on European and national level

Moderator: Markus Trilling, Bankwatch, Belgium

Group 2: Enabling legislation

Discussion on legislative barriers and solutions on European and national level

Moderator: Josh Roberts, ClientEarth, UK

Summary of discussions

16:00 Concluding remarks Journalist (e.g. J. Mock)

16:15 End

Managenergy Conference Announcement Wip 30-07-2014


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