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Philosophy in the Contemporary World

Volume 12, Issue 2, Summer 2005

The Ownership of Common Goods

Cynthia Townley, Mitch Parsell
Pages 68-75
DOI: 10.5840/pcw200512213

The Cost of a Common Good
Putting a Price on Spam

Common goods are notoriously vulnerable to destructive overuse. Indeed, certain online activities, such as spam, can jeopardize the very existence of the Internet. We defend an account of the net as a common good that provides the grounds for assessing various strategies for spam reduction.