|Deepa D. (deepad) wrote,|
@ 2012-03-15 09:01 pm UTC
|Entry tags:||open source academia|
But this kind of takes the cake:
The current Camera Obscura issue has some articles on vidding I wanted to read. Behind a paywall, ok, that's par for the course, I direct two chat buddies to flagrantly abuse their institutional access and viciously violate copyright.
Then, out of curiosity, I click on the link to their call for submissions.
Guess what? Camera Obscure wants me to pay $15 for the privilege of reading them asking people to please write for them.
(Yes, I know about OTW's latest vidding issue and plan to read it, though I remain baffled by their decision to not have pdf or epub versions you can download in one go to read offline)
But seriously? I think it's bullshit for articles and essays written about fans and fandom to not be accessible to the people whose ideas and activities inspired them.
Can authors violate their own copyright? Cause I think every acafan who gets published in a fancy $15 an article journal like this should have a freely available article available for online reading or download. I understand the professional need to publish in reputed journals and publications, but I am not sympathetic to meekly agreeing to their terms of distribution.