Geert Lovink on Sat, 19 May 2012 15:34:32 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> let's join the cost of knowledge campaign!

Dear nettimers,

I am not very often participating in signature campaigns but this one =20=

is really impressive. There is a real momentum here to put pressure on =20=

Elsevier and other academic publishers who continue their ridicuous IP =20=

policies concerning publicly funded academic research.

Yours, Geert


11619 Researchers Taking a Stand. See the list
Academics have protested against Elsevier's business practices for =20
years with little effect. These are some of their objections:

=95 They charge exorbitantly high prices for subscriptions to individual =
=95 In the light of these high prices, the only realistic option for =20
many libraries is to agree to buy very large "bundles", which will =20
include many journals that those libraries do not actually want. =20
Elsevier thus makes huge profits by exploiting the fact that some of =20
their journals are essential.
=95 They support measures such as SOPA, PIPA and the Research Works Act, =
that aim to restrict the free exchange of information.
The key to all these issues is the right of authors to achieve easily-=20=

accessible distribution of their work. If you would like to declare =20
publicly that you will not support any Elsevier journal unless they =20
radically change how they operate, then you can do so by filling in =20
your details on this page:

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