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June 6, 2005

Science Commons Promotes Open Access to Legal Scholarship

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Remember when Larry Lessig signed away his copyright in an article to a law review and vowed never to do it again (Never Again)? He has since been throwing his weight behind efforts to make legal scholarship open to all -- including a brand-new project that Science Commons announced today: the Open Access Law Program:


Professor Lessig is the first signatory on the Open Access Law Author Pledge, where law professors can agree to support open access principles. This support includes encouraging journals to become open access and promising to publish only in journals that are open access.

Through its Open Access Law Program, Science Commons will work with law schools, authors, libraries and journals to encourage open access to legal journals and articles, and plans to expand the Program into other areas of law publishing. Although the program’s initial focus is on legal publishing in the United States, Science Commons is also supporting international efforts to make legal material freely available to all.


Much more about the new program and its goals, here. (Thanks, John!)

Update: Ernie Miller responds: "[Why] not simply have the journals that do sign publish the works directly, if the authors have similarly signed, into an Open Access Repository at the end of the limited exclusive license, rather than leave it up to the authors? And why no call on OAL Journals to proselytize Creative Commons to its authors?"

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1. This decision really pisses... on June 7, 2005 5:05 AM writes...

My hat off to Mr. Larry Lessig.

Democracy cannot work when the people have to buy or get with difficulty, which is the same thing, the information needed to decide how the democracy and its laws and it lawmakers and its judicial system is working.

This is a leap forward to make democracy work. Together with the Internet we may now have the power back.

Rafael Venegas
http://www.gvenegas.com

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2. Correction: GREAT! on June 7, 2005 5:15 AM writes...

The previous comment had a heading that said "This decision really pisses...", that was a previous header of a comment I wrote for another article.

The correct title should have been GREAT!.

I apologize for my careleness.

Rafael Venegas

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