Saturday, October 18, 2014

Copyright prosecution in Colombia against Diego Gomez recalls Arom Swartz; EFF marks Open Access Week

A disturbing case has occurred overseas in the area of open access to scientific and other journals – the passion of Aaron Swartz (and more recently teen scientist Jack Andraka).  In Colombia, Diego Gomez faces 4-8 years in prison for posting material about zoology (amphibians) obtained from a library in Bogata online.  Colombian copyright law does not have a Fair Use provision like ours.  His own story of his endeavor is here. The Daily Dot has his story, as written by Rob Price, here

Electronic Frontier Foundation, in a brief story by April Glaser about Open Access Week, leading to an online petition, mentions the story in her pitch, here

Update: June 30, 2015

According to EFF, Diego's hearing has been postponed until mid October 2015. 

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