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Copyright and OA: New York Times and Chronicle of Higher Education

Following a lengthy and most useful piece in the NY Times Magazine this
weekend called "The Tyranny of Copyright?" January 25, 2004, by Robert S.  
Boynton (you can read this for free online if you register for the NY
Times), today's Chronicle of Higher Education (online) carries a
collection of views about the future of technology, by educational leaders
such as Ed Ayers (U Virginia) and Charles Vest (President, MIT).  
Additionally see several pieces on Open Access for scholarly journals.  
The Chronicle offers a mix of for-free and by subscription articles.

2 Routes to Open Access: Archives and Institutional Subscriptions

Publishers Fear Government Intervention

The Promise and Peril of 'Open Access': Free-subscription journals may
loosen commercial publishers' stranglehold on scientific research, but
skeptics say they're no panacea 

These are good syntheses of the state of play today.  However, I was
surprised at the perspective that we will either choose traditional
business models (subscriptions) or Open Access (author and others pay up
front), as if this the outcome must be all one or the other, rather than
increasing diversity in both what is published and under what financial
model. After all, within its own gates, the Chronicle offers a mixed model
to readers, at least to some extent.

Ann Okerson/liblicense-l moderator