Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard professor, and a leader of the free culture movement, held a lecture at CERN recently, titled, “The architecture of access to scientific knowledge: just how badly we have messed this up”. He explained “how badly we have messed things up” by regulating access to parts of articles or regulating access down to the sentence, he has strongly encouraged the open access movement which includes the reform in licensing scientific materials and opening up access to scientific material.
In his words, “While copyright battles involving artists has gotten most of the public’s attention, the real battle should be over access to knowledge, not culture. That battle we are losing.”
CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is one of the world’s largest and most respected centres for scientific research. Its business is fundamental physics, finding out what the Universe is made of and how it works.
Watch the presentation here.