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[News] Freedom for 60,000 More Books

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60,000 books from Library of Congress go online 

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| Almost 60,000 are available now and more are 
| scanned every day. These books are in the 
| public domain and come with no restrictions on 
| their use. Feel free to harvest, index, 
| investigate, and re-use. 
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http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=283352


Related:

MIT OpenCourseWare: Teaching the world for free

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| By any measure, MIT's OpenCourseWare initiative, which seeks to "open source"
| education by making course ware from premier institutions available online to
| all for free, is a success.
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http://news.cnet.com/8301-13505_3-10199836-16.html


John Conyers and Open Access

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| The "open access movement" was born to create an alternative to this. Even if
| restrictive copyright was a necessary evil in the days of dead-tree-based
| publishing, it was still an evil. High costs restrict access. The business
| model of the scientist is to spread his or her knowledge as widely as
| possible. Open access journals, such as, for example, those created by the
| Public Library of Science, have adopted a different publishing model, to
| guarantee that all all research is freely accessible online (under the freest
| Creative Commons license) immediately, to anyone around the world. This
| guarantee of access, however, is not purchased by any compromise in academic
| standards. There is still a peer-review process. There is still even a
| paper-based publication.
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http://www.lessig.org/blog/2009/03/john_conyers_and_open_access.html
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