Enclosure of the commons

The King was obliged to return enclosed land, and was prohibited from  further land grabs by the Charter of the Forest. Today enclosure of the commons  is taking place through the loss of social housing by regeneration, the closure of council libraries,  and the privatisation of parks. These contemporary land grabs are gathering pace, however now it is  private companies who are increasingly acquiring land formerly in public hands, with social housing stock, council libraries, parks and the public realm increasingly moving into private hands . Furthermore private companies are enclosing intellectual property, for example seed sequestration and the copyrighting  of gene codes.

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