Copyright is Killing Science

#Opinion

Tue, May 3rd, 2011 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

In this video on Mother Board, Alex Pasternack notes on copyleft crusader and Harvard professor Larry Lessig's argument that copyright has had a negative impact on the spreading and access of academic and scientific information.

Whereas copyright tends to focus on protecting artists' ability to make money from their work, scientists don't use similar incentives. And yet, her work is often kept within the gates of the ivory tower, reserved for those whose universities or institutions have purchased access, often at high costs. And for science in the age of the Internet, which wants ideas to spread as widely as possible to encourage more creativity and development, this isn't just bad: it's immoral.

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