The costs of non-access (part 2): why it matters when uses of works are prevented or complicated

« In a post last week, we looked at the importance of being able to explain why non-investment in libraries matters. (…)
So just as we need to be able to talk about the cost of not investing financially in libraries, we should also learn to set out the harm done when library users are not able to use works.
There is a particular need for such arguments when it comes to copyright, given that the argument will often be made that the sorts of exceptions and limitations that allow library users and libraries to carry out such activities come at the cost of sales, or at least licensing revenues. (…)
To convince decision-makers to legislate in favour of copyright exceptions and limitations, we therefore need to be show that the cost of denying or complicating access is higher. So what arguments can be used? (…) »

source >, 4 mars 2021