CopyTalk SSRN: Another enclosure of the commons?

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Mike Wolfe discusses Elsevier, SSRN and open access to scholarly publications for monthly CopyTalk webinar

What happens when Elsevier – one of the most profitable publishers of scholarly journals and research materials – buys an open access working paper platform like the Social Science Resource Network (SSRN)? Michael Wolfe from Authors Alliance will explore this topic at our next CopyTalk on October 6th, 2016.

After being acquired by Elsevier, SSRN has made headlines following the discovery that the popular pre-print and working paper service had started pulling user-posted works following its own, internal copyright review process. Authors Alliance has been among those to condemn the actions, and to question SSRN’s continuing reliability as a provider of important scholarly infrastructure. In this webinar, Authors Alliance executive director Mike Wolfe will discuss the controversy, Authors Alliance’s response, and what we can learn from the experience about copyright and Digital Millennium Copyright Act best practices for hosts of user-submitted scholarship.

Mike Wolfe is the executive director of Authors Alliance and a copyright research fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Mike has a B.A. from Harvard and J.D. from Duke, and is licensed to practice law in California.

Date/Time: Thursday, October 6, 2:00 PM (ET) 

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CopyTalk is a free monthly webinar brought to you by the copyright education subcommittee of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy.

About Carrie Russell

Carrie Russell is the Director of the Program on Public Access to Information in the Office for Information Technology Policy. Her portfolio includes copyright, international copyright, accessibility, e-books and other public policy issues. She has a MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a MA in media arts from the University of Arizona. She can be reached via e-mail at


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