Copyright Versus Open Access

On the Organisation and International Political Economy of Access to Scientific Knowledge

  • Marc Scheufen

Part of the International Law and Economics book series (ILEC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Marc Scheufen
    Pages 1-4
  3. Marc Scheufen
    Pages 5-51
  4. Marc Scheufen
    Pages 141-152
  5. Marc Scheufen
    Pages 153-157
  6. Marc Scheufen
    Pages 159-173
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 175-191

About this book


This book addresses the recent debate about copyright law and its impact on the distribution of scientific knowledge from an economic perspective. The focus is on the question whether a copyright regime or an open access regime is better suited to the norms and organizational structure in a purely global science community. The book undertakes a thorough economic analysis of the academic journal market and showcases consequences of a regime change. It also takes account of the Digital Divide debate, reflecting issues in developing countries. Finally, a comprehensive analysis of legal action in the light of international Intellectual Property (IP) agreements offers prospects on the future of academic publishing.


Academic libraries Academic publishing Big Deal Copyright Intellectual property Journal publishing OA policies Open Access STM publishing Scientific publishing

Authors and affiliations

  • Marc Scheufen
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of LawRuhr University of BochumBochumGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-12738-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-12739-2
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