Collective action in copyright

Nicolas Suzor (@nicsuzor)
<[email protected]>
QUT School of Law
ARC Centre of Excellence for
Creative Industries and Innovation (CCI).
CC BY-SA 4.0

Ostrom demonstrated that not all commons end in tragedy...

I want to be a Swiss cow in my next life..., Sr. Fernandez, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0


SCOAP3 has now raised €10M

  • The first round of publisher tenders (2014-16) has been completed.
  • Average fee of $1550 per article.
  • One major publisher not included (currently charges $2700 per article)
  • Publishers will decrease costs of their bundles accordingly

Can it work elsewhere?

Physicists are special...

CERN is really good at international collaboration...

Knowledge Unlatched

  • A global consortium of 30 academic publishers and 400+ university libraries.
  • Attempting to develop a sustainable model to fund and coordinate the production of open access academic monographs.

How it works

  1. Publishers nominate titles
  2. Individual libraries select books
  3. When enough money has been raised, publishers release an OA e-book
  4. Publishers will remain free to sell print copies and premium digital versions to the rest of the market on their own terms.

When can collective action fairly and sustainably coordinate and fund cultural production without exclusivity?

A research agenda:

Nicolas Suzor, Access, progress, and fairness: rethinking exclusivity in copyright
15 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. 297 (2013) (PDF).