Tag Archive | censorship

Follow Up

A better analysis of the Aaron Swartz/JSTOR case I mentioned in this post can be found here.

Censors of Knowledge

Today’s quote comes from No Tech Magazine:

“All too often journals, galleries, and museums are becoming not disseminators of knowledge – as their lofty mission statements suggest – but censors of knowledge, because censoring is the one thing they do better than the Internet does.”

“More than in any other area, the application of restrictive copyright is inappropriate for academic works: there is no sticky question of how to pay authors or reviewers, as the publishers are already not paying them. And unlike ‘mere’ works of entertainment, liberal access to scientific work impacts the well-being of all mankind.”

The rest is here.

I suspect this would be a testy issue. Researchers want to protect their work. Whether a paid gatekeeper charging 20 USD for single use access for one month on one computer cuts down on plagiarism I don’t know. It certainly doesn’t allow the information to reach a wider audience. But that’s another testy issue.

I’ll also add that I don’t have an advanced degree and am not currently in graduate school, nor do I play a graduate student on TV.