6 May 2007

Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors than piracy

Five years ago, Tim O'Reilly of Web 2.0 fame noted down several thoughts about online information distribution. Although his comments are focussed on music, film and book publishing, many of them equally apply to journal publishing.

My particular favourites are "Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors and creative artists than piracy", which captures the imperative of the open access movement, and "File sharing networks don't threaten book, music, or film publishing. They threaten existing publishers". This could have been written about self-archiving.

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