The Rise of Pirate Libraries

25 Apr

This is not about what you might think given the title. Rather,it is related to digital paywalls and open access. Shadowy digital libraries want to hold all the world’s knowledge and give it away for free.

Source: The Rise of Pirate Libraries | Atlas Obscura

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2 Responses to “The Rise of Pirate Libraries”

  1. jhubers April 25, 2016 at 9:32 am #

    Not a good thing! It’s the same issue the music industry faced.

  2. Douglas Firth Anderson April 25, 2016 at 9:41 am #

    Yes and no. The pricing of the paywalls is often “criminal.” And, with academic articles and books, most of us are used to little to no royalties. We don’t intend to make money; we want to contribute to knowledge and understanding. Paywalls are an obstacle to that. Hence the Open Access movement.

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