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Elsevier journals — some facts Update: figures now in from Imperial. See below.Further update: figures in from Nottingham too.Further update: figures now in from Oxford.Final update: figures in from LSE.

Source: Elsevier journals — some facts | Gowers’s Weblog

I was invited to talk at the MarkMonitor Seminar: Digital Piracy – New Threats, New Remedies about the strategies STM publishers may follow when they face competition from both open access publishing and piracy.

I was invited to talk about voluntary IP regimes among pirates at the Ethics of Copying conference at the Center for interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Bielefeld.

I talked about pirate libraries at the University of Amsterdam’s SPUI25 series.


The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies in Seville organized a workshop on the interaction between legal and pirated books sales. Imke Reimers presented her findings on the effect of copyright protection on e-book sales, I presented my LG study.

I was invited to talk about shadow libraries at the The Post Digital Scholar Conference organized by Leuphana University.

I presented my research on shadow libraries, pirate archivists at the 2nd Thematic Conference on Knowledge Commons in New York.

I presented my research on pirate libraries at the annual Serci conference in Barcelona.

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I presented my paper on the History and Development of a Scientific Shadow Library at the 6th Annual workshop of the International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property (ISHTIP)

Looking forward to talking at re:publica in Berlin next week. Come and join me discussing pirate libraries Wednesday from 3pm!

RuNet, the Russian segment of the internet is now the home of the most comprehensive scientific pirate libraries on the net. These sites offer free access to millions of books and tens of millions of journal articles. What factors led to the development of these sites? What are the social, cultural and legal conditions that enable them to operate under hostile legal and political conditions? We dig deep into the history to trace how Soviet censorship, samizdat and book black markets shaped the latest generation of Russian pirate librarians, and analyze their achievements. What is in these archives? Who uses them? How does knowledge flow around the globe due to these peer produced, distributed archives? And how do these low cost operations force to change the publishing industry and the multi-million dollar libraries?

Shadow libraries – pirate archivists | re:publica 2014.

I presented my piracy research as well as our work on Alternative Compensation Schemes at the 3rd Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest in Cape Town, SA.

I presented my “Set the Fox to Watch the Geese: Voluntary IP Regimes in Piratical File-Sharing Communities” paper at the Annual Conference of the International Communication Association in London.
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I talked about voluntary, Bottom-up IP Regimes in Piratical File-Sharing Communities @ MIT8 conference in Cambridge, MA.

I talked about the future of libraries @ the Internet-Driven Developments: structural Changes and tipping points Symposium @ Harvard.
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I presented a talk about social control and self governance in file-sharing communities: The Constitution of Pirate Republics at the 2012 Wikipedia Academy, Berlin.