I found it challenging recently to be asked if I have any further observations or opinions in relation to open access to the law book environment. The short answer is, “probably not”, but the fault for that is mine. However, given that the significant issues relate almost exclusively to primary legal materials, most of what needs to be argued on that is done elsewhere.
However, I do think that the question of open access in legal information publishing is entirely bound up with other related ones. Open access is part of an innovation debate. Key issues include the viability and future of law book publishing by whatever media, online legal content in general and matters of profitability and growth. Feit Consulting’s research, although I cannot comment on its purposes, methodology or objectivity, particularly as the report ends with a call to use its services, declares the end of law books, an
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