Re: Free Access vs. Open Access

From: Peter Suber <>
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2003 15:27:09 +0000

I agree with Mike.

Here's how I've put it e.g. in
<>. There are two important
kinds of access barriers: price barriers and permission barriers. Free
online access removes price barriers. Open access removes both price and
permission barriers.

Do we need to remove permission barriers even when readers have fair-use
rights? Yes. Fair use does not include permission to copy 100% of an
article, let alone forward it to a colleague or store it for your own
use. Open access includes permission for these important and increasingly
routine acts of research.

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