Copyright's Broken Promise: How to Restore the Law's Ability to Promote the Progress of Science

Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2022

The University of Ottawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society presents:


Copyright's Broken Promise 

How to Restore the Law's Ability to Promote the Progress of Science 


John Willinsky 


Tuesday, November 22, 2022
at 16:00 ET
Fauteux Hall, Room 302
57 Louis-Pasteur Private Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5


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Join us for a conversation with John Willinsky on his book Copyright’s Broken Promise: How to Restore the Law's Ability to Promote the Progress of Science. 

John Willinsky’s new (open access) book considers how copyright may be a remediable problem in our pursuit of what we now agree is best for science, namely, open access. After all, copyright offers publishers no legal support for open access, while bringing the full weight of the law to bear on journal subscription payments. Does this impeding the move to open access in a timely manner at a fair price call for more than copyright workarounds, such as sharing final drafts? He invites consideration of two legislative remedies. The first is strengthening copyright’s research exceptions and limitations; the second is introducing statutory licensing for research publications. What are the international implications of such reforms, particularly amid current European copyright initiatives and asks, ultimately, whether it is time for those interested in the progress of science to take up copyright reform.  


About the Speaker 

John Willinsky is a Professor at Simon Fraser University, and Khosla Family Professor Emeritus at Stanford University. Having founded the Public Knowledge Project in 1998, he has seen its open source Open Journal Systems (OJS) grow into the world’s most widely used journal platform. His dozen books include The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship (MIT Press 2006) and The Intellectual Properties of Learning: A Prehistory from Saint Jerome to John Locke (Chicago 2017). 


This event is in person. Refreshments will be provided.

This is a free event. However, registration is required.
However, attendees can donate online to the Centre whatever they think is fair.

This event will be in English only.
The event will be recorded, and photos may be taken.


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