Video above that i come across from Jierun’s post give me a clearer picture of Open Access. Apparently journal published under Open Access also being peer reviewed. Which means there is a quality control. CreativeCommons will give more control for authors regarding copyright issues. In other hand, maybe government can build an organization in charge of Open Resource Education that will control the funding, managing, and the publication of journals and articles.
While Open Resource Education or Open Access benefits authors and readers. Does free online content like newspapers, books, and music benefit both parties? Different from authors of journal and articles, they focus on financial leverage. Taylor Swift is one of the content provider that don’t want her music to be free.
Growing usage of online media by young adults is not followed by eagerness to use it responsibly. Not much attention put into piracy and digital rights.
Shane Richmond’s articles got me reflect on what i said on my previous post. I thought paywall is good for both parties. In reality not really; newspaper subscription actually facing a slow growth in online newspaper advertising. Moreover, there is an opportunity cost where newspaper can reach bigger audience by get rid the subscription fee. Bigger exposure might generate more advertisement that can cover subscription fee. Robert Cailliau propose an interesting idea. He thinks online content should follow a pay-as-you-go model. Readers only have to pay for what they read. It would be much cheaper than monthly subscription.
In general, the concerns to make online content available for free is the quality, piracy and digital rights, and money. In my opinion, individuals should appreciate other’s creation by acknowledging and applying piracy and digital rights. In terms of money and quality. There is plenty of choices available to create quality content without charging a fixed amount. For example various kind of cross-subsidies or pay-as-you-go. Regardless this issues, i believe the advantages of free online content overshadow the disadvantages 🙂