"Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia need to change their name to Knowledge Commons Australia," argues Leigh Blackall. "Its clear that the notion of commercialisation of public sector information is on its last legs. Not only is there some healthy questioning taking hold in the peak body itself, commercialisation has obviously proven itself a prohibitively expensive and drawn out process, profitable only to IP lawyers, 'knowledge transfer' or "commercialisation" employees, and the lucky few." I agree. The commercialization of public knowledge is in effect a subsidy to those companies that can afford to, or have the connections to, purchase it. It helps the rich get richer, and leaves the poor behind, unable to afford the knowledge production they subsidized.
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