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Presented at Open Access Week Roundtable, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, October 24, 2012. (The first half of this presentation was originally made at UNL College of Engineering Library, Sept. 6, 2012.)
How the author went from “OA—Hooray” to “meh.” There are 2 kinds of “open access”: gratis vs. libre. Publishers and membership organizations disrespect gratis because it does not use CC license to convey unlimited re-use rights. Institutional repositories hold many types of materials under many different permission or license terms, and cannot automatically convey re-use rights they do not control. The promoters of Open Access Week tend to gloss over their re-use stipulations and adopt a Gold OA publisher approach to access in the name of a “good cause.” While open access is undoubtedly better than toll-access or no access, those who have labored in the vineyard for a number of years but now find themselves excluded by the radical “CC-BY or nothing” wing can be excused for opting out of the fluffy celebrations and self-congratulations. Our philosophy is we support the authors and work for the widest dissemination of their work; we don’t support paying publishers to ransom back content, and we don’t believe the world needs unlimited rights to re-distribute or re-use authors’ works without permission.