Posted by: bluesyemre | April 24, 2015

The Maginot Paywall by David Rosenthal

bibliogifts

Two recent papers examine the growth of peer-to-peer sharing of journal articles. Guilliame Cabanac’s Bibliogifts in LibGen? A study of a text-sharing platform driven by biblioleaks and crowdsourcing (LG) is a statistical study of the Library Genesis service, and Carolyn Caffrey Gardner and Gabriel J. Gardner’s Bypassing Interlibrary Loan via Twitter: An Exploration of #icanhazpdf Requests (TW) is a similar study of one of the sources for Library Genesis. Both implement forms of Aaron Swartz’s Guerilla Open Access Manifesto, a civil disobedience movement opposed to the malign effects of current copyright law on academic research. Below the fold, some thoughts on the state of this movement.

In the years leading up to WWII, the French built the Maginot Line as an impregnable barrier against a German invasion:

While the fortification system did prevent a direct attack, it was strategically ineffective, as the Germans invaded through Belgium, going around the Maginot Line.

Copyright maximalists such as the major academic publishers, are in a similar position. The more effective and thus intrusive the mechanisms they implement to prevent unauthorized access, the more they incentivize “guerilla open access”.

http://blog.dshr.org/2015/04/the-maginot-paywall.html


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