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[BOAI] The First and Foremost PostGutenberg Distinction

From: Stevan Harnad <amsciforum AT>
Date: Sun, 14 Nov 2010 10:28:11 -0500

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One can sympathize with Larry Lessig's frustration in "An Obvious 

    "In 2010, [for David Wallace-Evans] to suggest [in a 6000-word
review in The Nation] that [the Creative Commons movement] 'exhort[s]…
piracy and the plundering of culture'... betrays not just sloppy
thinking [but] extraordinary ignorance… [and lack of] respect for what
has been written… This terrain has been plowed a hundred times in the
past decade… Reading is the first step to… respect for what has been
written... Reading is what Wallace-Wells has not done well."

Larry tries to correct Wallace-Evans's 6000 sloppy words with 878
carefully chosen ones of his own. Let me try to atone for my own
frequent long-windedness by trying to put it even more succinctly (20

    Creative Commons' goal
    is to protect
    creators' give-away rights --
    not consumers'
    (or 2nd-party copyright-holders')
    rip-off rights.

    Harnad, Stevan (2000/2001/2003/2004) For Whom the Gate Tolls?
Published as: (2003) Open Access to Peer-Reviewed Research Through
Author/Institution Self-Archiving: Maximizing Research Impact by
Maximizing Online Access. In: Law, Derek & Judith Andrews, Eds.
Digital Libraries: Policy Planning and Practice. Ashgate Publishing
2003. [Shorter version: Harnad S. (2003) Journal of Postgraduate
Medicine 49: 337-342.] and in: (2004) Historical Social Research (HSR)
29:1. [French version: Harnad, S. (2003) Cielographie et cielolexie:
Anomalie post-gutenbergienne et comment la resoudre. In: Origgi, G. &
Arikha, N. (eds) Le texte a l'heure de l'Internet. Bibliotheque Centre
Pompidou: 77-103.

The persistent "piracy" canard calls to mind others like it, foremost
among them being:
"OA ≡ Gold OA (publishing)"...

    Harnad, S., Brody, T., Vallieres, F., Carr, L., Hitchcock, S.,
Gingras, Y, Oppenheim, C., Stamerjohanns, H., & Hilf, E. (2004) The
green and the gold roads to Open Access. Nature Web Focus

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