There's an interesting consultation document on the role of copyright in the knowledge economy, put out by the European Commission:
The purpose of the Green Paper is to foster a debate on how knowledge for research, science and education can best be disseminated in the online environment. The Green Paper aims to set out a number of issues connected with the role of copyright in the "knowledge economy" and intends to launch a consultation on these issues.
Unfortunately, the whole thing is framed in terms of twiddling with existing copyright law through complicated and extremely limited exceptions....
On Open Enterprise blog.