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'Public Domain--Just Kidding!' by Barbara Fister
Barbara Fister writes the following on the Library Babel Fish blog:
I know that things in the public domain can be copied and sold by whoever wants to sell them. No rights are reserved, at least in the US, at least theoretically. … This is why having our government documents in the public domain is so valuable. People can build things out of them. Businesses use government information all the time. But the argument that public domain article[s] can’t be shared without payment to a middleman kind of messed with my head. …
[Publishers are] going to own open access, with the high costs transferred to authors and their funders, if we don’t change our ways.
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