19. February 2016 19:00
In the framework of the Authorship project, Akademie Schloss Solitude together with former and current fellows initiates a debate on the status of the author in the 21st century as well as closely related questions on the copyright system. The event »Custodians.online – The Struggle over the Future of ›Pirate‹ Libraries and Universal Access to Knowledge« is part of the debate by which the Akademie offers its fellows to articulate diverse and already long existing positions regarding this topic.
The potential to achieve universal access to knowledge and culture has expanded immensely through digital networks, making it possible for much of the world’s population to retrieve the most recent scientific output. However, the copyright regulation has largely continued to operate on the grounds of exclusion, thus allowing industries to harness digital technologies to bar access and to extract vast profits. Nowhere is that more evident than in academic publishing, a 10 billion dollar global industry, with the result that whoever has no access to wealthy academic institutional libraries has no other option but to seek access in disregard of the law.