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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sit-ins for OA

From a transcript of Lawrence Lessig's keynote at the Students for Free Culture Conference (Berkeley, October 11-12, 2008):
... I think the obvious, low-hanging-fruit fight for the Students for Free Culture movement right now is to start having sit-ins in universities where they donít adopt Open Access publishing rules. Itís ridiculous that scholars publish articles in journals that then charge 5, 10, 15 thousand dollars for people around the world to get access to it. I mean itís no problem for Stanford or for Berkeley or for Harvard, but the developing world cannot get access to this stuff easily because of these extraordinarily idiotic 20th Century restrictions on access to knowledge. ...
Update. Stevan Harnad hopes Lessig is talking about green OA.