Further provocation

the_value_chainThis contributed by a Conference attendee:

Whose research is it anyway ?
Government doesn’t want to pay for it.
Funding bodies don’t want to own it.
Institution says authors can have it.
Harvard says publication should serve the public interest.
Research authors mostly hand over copyright to the publisher.
The publishers decide whether the research will see the light of day, after what delay and for how much.
Is there any difference between copyright and intellectual property ?
Even the free trade agreement defends the copyright owners.
Methinks the publishers win.


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