June 20, 2001

Science must push copyright aside, says RMS

Author: JT Smith

Shocking, ain't it? "Many
journal publishers appear to believe that the purpose of scientific literature is to enable them to
publish journals so as to collect subscriptions from scientists and students. Such thinking is
known as `confusion of the means with the ends'. Their approach has been to restrict access
even to read the scientific literature to those who can and will pay for it.

They use copyright law, which is still in force despite its inappropriateness for computer networks,
as an excuse to stop scientists from choosing new rules." More at LinuxToday.com.


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