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HON 4960 Lifehacking the Literature: Copyright/left & Open Access


  • What purpose(s) is copyright intended to serve? Does it still serve those purpose(s)?
  • Does the genre or medium make a difference? (scientific journals, fiction, film, music, etc.)
  • "No Free Lunch":  Who pays for information dissemination in an Open Access model?

Required Materials

Open Access & Traditional Journals

Find two journals in your research area that you could publish in: one of which is published using an open access model, one of which is using a more traditional subscription-based model.  For each journal give:

  • The journal's title
  • A link to the journal's web page
  • The cost of an annual subscription (for an individual or institution/library) and/or the cost of submitting an article for publication (sometimes called an Article Processing Charge)
  • The journal's Impact Factor, if available

Digital Divides Presentations

You will read the assigned readings on your aspect of the demographics of information inequity and present a summary about your area in 5-10 minutes during our two classes on Digital Divides.  To receive full credit for this assignment, you should provide a handout for the class which will function as study notes, and include on the handout at least one additional resource (website, article, video, etc.) on the topic that was not in the assigned reading.

Other Readings & Diversions

When Copyright Goes Bad (14.5 min.)

A Fair(y) Use Tale

RiP! A Remix Manifesto

Paywall: The Movie