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On 10/28/2011 5:44 AM, William Herrin wrote:
> A commons is jointly owned, either by a non-trivial number of private
> owners or by all citizens of a government.
The practical use of the term is a bit broader:
As rule, the term gets applied to situations of fate-sharing when actions by
some affect utility for many.
You cited air pollution. The Internet can suffer comparable effects.
Spam can reasonably be called pollution and it has a systemic effect on all
users. For such an issue, it's reasonable and even helpful to view it as a commons.
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