Pirate open access as electronic civil disobedience: Is it ethical to breach the paywalls of monetized academic publishing?

  title={Pirate open access as electronic civil disobedience: Is it ethical to breach the paywalls of monetized academic publishing?},
  author={Jack E. James},
  journal={Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology},
  pages={1500 - 1504}
  • J. E. James
  • Published 24 February 2020
  • Education
  • Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Open access has long been an ideal of academic publishing. Yet, contrary to initial expectations, cost of access to published scientific knowledge increased following the advent of the Internet and electronic processing. An analysis of the ethicality of current arrangements in academic publishing shows that monetization and the sequestering of scientific knowledge behind paywalls breach the principle of fairness and damage public interest. Following decades of failed effort to redress the… 
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