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Lessig: “The architecture of access to scientific knowledge: just how badly we have messed this up”

Lunchtime Listen: Lawrence Lessig, speaking at CERN, talks about how hard, expensive, and limited our access is to scholarly information and how we have created this system.

He mentions the problem of prohibiting access to an individual chart in an article posted for free on the internet. (Around the 16 minute mark: slide 189 et seq. [don’t be intimidated by the number of slides; Lessig’s presentation style is wonderful and clear and fast and enjoyable and no slide stays on the screen for more than a couple of seconds].)

We see this same problem in government information that incorporates copyrighted information with the results being anything from limited access to prohibited access to the non-copyrighted information. This is the poison pill problem of copyright.

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