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  • peer property

      Aliases: general public license, creative commons

    Peer property is a concept that emphasizes the collective ownership and sharing of resources within a community, as opposed to individual ownership. It is based on the idea that certain goods and services can be more effectively managed and utilized when they are held in common by a group of people rather than by a single owner or entity. Examples of peer property include shared infrastructure, such as roads and public transportation, as well as common resources like air and water.

    In the context of open-source software, peer property is embodied in licenses such as the GPL and Creative Commons. These licenses allow users to access and modify software code, and to distribute their modifications freely to others. This creates a collaborative community of developers who work together to improve and refine the software, and who benefit from the collective knowledge and expertise of the group.

    In an online community, peer property can take many forms. For example, forums and discussion boards can serve as a platform for users to share information and ideas with each other, and to collaborate on projects and initiatives. Peer-to-peer file sharing networks, such as BitTorrent, allow users to share files and media with each other directly, without the need for a centralized server or provider. Online communities can also create and share open-source software, artwork, and other creative works, which can be freely used and distributed by others. All of these examples demonstrate the power of peer property in fostering collaboration, innovation, and shared knowledge within an online community.

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