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The Open Utopia is an open-source, open-access, multi-platform, web-based edition of Thomas More’s Utopia.
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New translations and licenses

Posted by stephen duncombe (Creator)

Dear Open Utopia supporters

Convinced by the argument of my ex-student and free information warrior, Parker Higgins, I’ve put The Open Utopia Under a new Creative Commons license: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License, allowing for uses that are technically classified as “commercial” — such as Wikipedia — as long as they carry a “share alike” clause that keeps access open. Parker assures me this allows for maximum use.

Translator extraordinaire Jake Butera has finished his translations of the last two remaining letters that accompanied the original printings of Utopia and they are now posted on the site:

John Desmarais to Peter Giles

Beatus Rhenanus to Willibald Pirckheimer

Before you get too excited, I warn you: there's a reason these letters were neglected for so long.

And, thanks to you, funding for The Open Utopia has crossed the $2000 mark! Only $1500 to go. PLEASE use your networks and spread the news about the project and the pitch:

All my best and, again, thank you.



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    1. Michael Mandiberg on

      I'm glad to see that Utopia will be free (as in speech)...

      You should check out Lewis Hyde's Common as Air for a really quite relevant take on the pre-modern commons and its digital corollaries.