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In this event, Balázs Bodó will be presenting about Academic Piracy. This event is part of a bi-monthly speaker series, where C-Lab members as well as external speakers will present their most recent work. The presentation will take place through Zoom.

Event details of Academic Piracy
Date 11 January 2021
Time 14:00

Date                           Monday, 11 January 2021

Presenter                 Balázs Bodó

Topic of the talk
The topic of the meeting will be Academic Piracy.

Library Genesis is one of the oldest and largest illegal scholarly book collections online. Without the authorization of copyright holders, this shadow library hosts and makes more than 2 million scholarly publications, monographs, and textbooks available. This paper analyzes a set of weblogs of one of the Library Genesis mirrors, provided to us by one of the service’s administrators. We reconstruct the social and economic factors that drive the global and European demand for illicit scholarly literature. In particular, we test if lower income regions can compensate for the shortcomings in legal access infrastructures by more intensive use of illicit open resources. We found that while richer regions are the most intensive users of shadow libraries, poorer regions face structural limitations that prevent them from fully capitalizing on freely accessible knowledge. We discuss these findings in the wider context of open access publishing, and point out that open access knowledge, if not met with proper knowledge absorption infrastructures, has limited usefulness in addressing knowledge access and production inequalities.

Balázs Bodó is an social scientist, associate professor at the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the University of Amsterdam. He was Fulbright Fellow at Stanford University in 2006-7, and at Harvard University in 2012.

Since 2013 he has been based in Amsterdam, working as a socio-legal researcher. Currently he is heading an ERC funded research lab at IViR on the regulatory issues around blockchain technologies. His current research focus is on technology mediated trust.

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