Paywall: The Business of Scholarship Screening
For Open Access Week 2018, the Libraries is hosting a free public screening of “Paywall: The Business of Scholarship.” The screening will be held on Tuesday, 23 October at 4:30pm in the Den in CMU Sorrell’s Engineering Library in Wean Hall. Refreshments will be provided.
Paywall: The Business of Scholarship is a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier, and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook, and Google.
Staying true to the open access model: it is free to stream and download, for private or public use, and maintains the most open CC BY 4.0 Creative Commons designation to ensure anyone regardless of their social, financial, or political background will have access.