The First and Foremost PostGutenberg Distinction

From: Stevan Harnad <amsciforum_at_GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Nov 2010 10:21:55 -0500

One can sympathize with Larry Lessig's frustration in "An Obvious Distinction":
            "In 2010, [for David Wallace-Evans] to suggest [in a
            6000-word review in The Nation] that [the Creative
            Commons movement] 'exhort[s]… piracy and the plundering
            of culture'... betrays not just sloppy thinking [but]
            extraordinary ignorance… [and lack of] respect for what
            has been written… This terrain has been plowed a hundred
            times in the past decade… Reading is the first step to…
            respect for what has been written... Reading is what
            Wallace-Wells has not done well."

Larry tries to correct Wallace-Evans's 6000 sloppy words with 878 carefully
chosen ones of his own. 

Let me try to atone for my own frequent long-windedness by trying to put it even
more succinctly (20 words):
            Creative Commons' goal 
            is to protect 
            creators' give-away rights -- 
            not consumers' 
            (or 2nd-party copyright-holders') 
            rip-off rights.

(Reader's of the American Scientist Open Access Forum may have a sense of déjà
lu about this since at least as far back as December
2000: )

      Harnad, Stevan (2000/2001/2003/2004) For Whom the Gate
      Tolls? Published as: (2003) Open Access to Peer-Reviewed Research
      Through Author/Institution Self-Archiving: Maximizing Research
      Impact by Maximizing Online Access. In: Law, Derek & Judith Andrews,
      Eds. Digital Libraries: Policy Planning and Practice. Ashgate
      Publishing 2003. [Shorter version: Harnad S. (2003) Journal of
      Postgraduate Medicine 49: 337-342.] and in: (2004) Historical Social
      Research (HSR) 29:1. [French version: Harnad, S. (2003) Cielographie
      et cielolexie: Anomalie post-gutenbergienne et comment la resoudre.
      In: Origgi, G. & Arikha, N. (eds) Le texte a l'heure de l'Internet.
      Bibliotheque Centre Pompidou: 77-103.


The persistent "piracy" canard calls to mind others like it, foremost among them
"OA ≡ Gold OA (publishing)"...

      Harnad, S., Brody, T., Vallieres, F., Carr, L., Hitchcock, S.,
      Gingras, Y, Oppenheim, C., Stamerjohanns, H., & Hilf, E. (2004) The
      green and the gold roads to Open Access. Nature Web Focus

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