Philosophy Ripped From The Headlines!, Issue #16, 3 (January 2019): Piracy and Truly Open Access.

By Hugh Reginald


1. “Science’s Pirate Queen”

By Ian Graeber-Stiehl


2. Some Follow-Up Thoughts For Further Reflection and Discussion:

Is the following argument sound? If so, why? If not, why not?

  1. Currently, and worldwide, most intellectual, artistic, socially beneficial, and/or politically significant content is protected by paywalls, highly restrictive copyright-and-use provisions, front-end payments, or processing charges, whose primary function is to make (often very large) profits for the individuals who created this content, the original publishers of the content, and/or the social institutions that control access to it or its dissemination. This includes many organizations that, in an intentionally very misleading way, call themselves “open access.”
  2. Nevertheless all such content belongs fundamentally to humanity — the cosmopolitan community of all human persons — in order to help them satisfy their true human needs; hence all such content should be truly open access.
  3. Therefore, so-called “piracy” whose basic aim is to make any or all such content truly open access, is fully morally, socially, and politically justified, even if it circumvents paywalls, front end payments, and processing fees, or violates copyright-and-use laws.


3. One Link For Supplementary Reading: Open Access


This installment of Ripped! can be downloaded HERE:





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