US-Wissenschaftler nimmt library.nu in Schutz

http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/0,1518,815466,00.html

Mehrere Verlage haben einstweilige Verfügungen gegen das E-Book-Raubkopieverzeichnis http://library.nu und den Filehoster http://ifile.it erwirkt.

In einem Meinungsbeitrag verteidigt Christopher Kelty das Portal:

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/02/2012227143813304790.html

The publishers think it is a great success in the war on piracy; that it will lead to more revenue and more control over who buys what, if not who reads what. The pirates – the people who create and run such sites – think that shutting down http://library.nu will only lead to a thousand more sites, stronger and better than before.

But both are missing the point: the global demand for learning and scholarship is not being met by the contemporary publishing industry. It cannot be, not with the current business models and the prices. The users of http://library.nu – these barbarians at the gate of the publishing industry and the university – are legion.

They live all over the world, but especially in Latin and South America, in China, in Eastern Europe, in Africa and in India. […]

The publishing industry we have today cannot – or will not – deliver our books to this enormous global market of people who desperately want to read them.

Instead, they print a handful of copies – less than 100, often – and sell them to libraries for hundreds of dollars each. When they do offer digital versions, they are so wrapped up in restrictions and encumbrances and licencing terms as to make using them supremely frustrating.

To make matters worse, our university libraries can no longer afford to buy these books and journals; and our few bookstores are no longer willing to carry them. So the result is that most of our best scholarship is being shot into some publisher’s black hole where it will never escape. That is, until http://library.nu and its successors make it available.


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