Jessica, you say
... a Harvard student and "open access" activists who stole tens of thousands of articles from JSTOR ( never heard of it before myself) a subscription service for academic papers because he felt they were too expensive. I certainly don't know the position of you or Mr. Jaszi, but the student has received much support from academics and people who believed in essence they should not have to pay for that material so per above could you give me your opinion on this case as well as the questions above. In this case, those horrible people who think bread should be free belong to the baker's guild. The academics who protest the prosecution of the pirate are the AUTHORS of the articles he downloaded. Academic authors make no royalties at all ($.00) from their journal publications, which is what JSTOR provides to libraries in digitized, searchable formats. Professor X's university library pays to subscribe to the journals in which Professor X publishes her articles. Nearly all academics have access to the material themselves because most libraries subscribe. In fact, JSTOR provides free access in places like Africa which need access but can't afford it. JSTOR itself did not want to prosecute Swartz for his theft. See http://about.jstor.org/news-events/news/jstor-statement-misuse-incident-and-criminal-case Academics not only give their work away free to journals but also spend hundreds of hours editing said journals (including selecting and copyediting and proofreading, but also reading articles to decide whether they are worth publication, and in some cases writing evaluations) in order to produce peer-edited journals. Sometimes they get a grant to buy equipment for this purpose or to pay for a grad student to proofread; a few get salaries; sometimes it is all volunteer. Academic publishers are typically non-profit and any profits are used as subventions for journals or books which don't support themselves. I know this won't affect your loathing of universities and our education system but it might affect your arguments. Obviously, there is a difference between academic journals and Hollywood films. I'm less certain about documentaries; if there were a way to pull them back from the profit motive they might find it easier to defend themselves from predatory licensing fees for material that ought to be fair use. Judy Shoaf
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