Re: Napster: stealing another's vs. giving away one's own

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2003 12:30:36 +0000

On Tue, 28 Oct 2003, Allen Kleiman wrote:

> Apple computer has launched its iTunes product which, in my opinion, will
> eliminate the cd industry and all who depend on it for a profitable
> business. Furthermore, they have an audio books component that could do the
> same thing to booksellers. This Steve Jobs is some kind of genius and this
> issue has implications for open access.

[Note: The following reply by me was based on a misunderstanding on
my part, as I did not yet know what iTunes was. I incorrectly assumed
it was something like napster. In reality, it is merely a variant of
pay-per-view -- one of the three forms of toll-barriers to access:
subscriptions, site-licenses, and pay-per-view. I have accordingly
redirected further postings on this topic from the "Napster" thread to
"For Whom the Gate Tolls?" Apologies, SH]

In brief:

Consumer-theft technology has no connection with or implications
for open access to the refereed research literature, which is an
author give-away. It would be better for both causes to keep them
as separate as possible.

Please see the American Scientist Forum threads on this topic:

"What About the Author Self-Archiving of Books?"

"Legal ways around copyright for one's own giveaway texts"

"Napster: stealing another's vs. giving away one's own"

"PostGutenberg Copyrights and Wrongs for Give-Away Research"

"On not conflating the give-away and non-give-away literature"

    Harnad, S., Varian, H. & Parks, R. (2000) Academic publishing in the
    online era: What Will Be For-Fee And What Will Be For-Free? Culture
    Machine 2

Stevan Harnad

NOTE: Complete archive of the ongoing discussion of providing open
access to the peer-reviewed research literature online is available at
the American Scientist September Forum (98 & 99 & 00 & 01 & 02 & 03):
    Posted discussion to:

Dual Open-Access Strategy:
    BOAI-2: Publish your article in a suitable open-access journal
            whenever one exists.
    BOAI-1: Otherwise, publish your article in a suitable toll-access
            journal and also self-archive it.
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