SciHub and LibGen have done what open access initiatives could not. Information wants to be free and will become free, and legacy publishers must reconcile themselves to that fact. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/leap.1116/full
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- The full quote (attributed to Stewart Brand) is "On the one hand information wants to be expensive, because it's so valuable. The right information in the right place just changes your life. On the other hand, information wants to be free, because the cost of getting it out is getting lower and lower all the time. So you have these two fighting against each other." The cost of getting information out might be getting lower and lower, but it is not zero (and is far from being zero). So, the challenge for all publishers, of which they are all painfully aware, is this how to publish at lower cost in a world where there is so much reluctance to pay. To put it more simply, there is no such thing as a free lunch. The challenge for the scholarly communication community is to find a sustainable business model to pay for the cost of publishing and information provision in the long run. My argument is that Green and Gold don't look like being the solution. SciHub and LibGen can't exist without publishers and, like all parasites, will die if they kill their host. This won't matter if an alternative system emerges to replace the functions performed by publishers and the services they provide (publishers have no right to exist) but at the moment I can't see one which looks like scaling.18w
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