Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Paywalling Pays

Who knew Times' readers had it in 'em! The comments on the NYT's dull article about Aaron Swartz's liberties being stolen by JSTOR are fun!

Especially this one:

Bill Harbaugh
Eugene, Oregon
July 19th, 2011
4:11 pm
Go to the IRS 990 for JSTOR,http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2009/133/857/2009-133857105-06a328... It's a "non-profit" dba "ITHAKA HARBORS".

I count 8 employees with compensation over $250,000. They put academic research behind a paid firewall, so they can bring in the money for these salaries.

Who is the criminal here?

The president of JSTOR, Mr. Kevin M. Guthrie, has a combined compensation of upwards of $420,000.

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