A book published during the presidency of Chester A. Arthur has a greater chance of being in print today than one published during the time of Reagan.
It’s kind of silly that maximalists and luddites keep jumping back to this trope. The idea that if you can get something for free, no one will ever pay for it. That’s never been true and will never be true. All of the works that people pay and download to their Kindles are already available for free on unauthorized sites. But tons of people pay. All of the music that people pay and download to their iPods is already available for free on unauthorized sites. But tons of people pay. People will pay all the time for things they can get for free. Just check out the bottled water industry.
The copyright in most of these works is owned by our faculty members, and it is well past time that we just refused to transfer those rights to commercial entities that undermine our best interests.

Kevin Smith at Duke draws the right conclusion from the ongoing outrage of the lawsuit against GSU.

Full blog post: Law and politics in the GSU case | Scholarly Communications @ Duke

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TRUTH.

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