Access to Knowledge for Consumers

Access to Knowledge for Consumers

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Information Program grantee Consumers International has released the results of a global survey designed to expose the obstacles consumers face in gaining access to education and cultural materials. The survey was conducted in 13 languages, covering 15, 000 consumers across 24 countries. The survey found that qThe biggest barriers that consumers face in accessing copyright works are those created by copyright law. Even so, consumers around the world will choose original copyright works over pirated copies, provided that they are available at an affordable price.q While borrowing from libraries and other cultural institutions provided a viable alternative for some consumers priced out of original copyrighted works, the survey found that, particularly in developing countries, qaccess to libraries is limited and the works they carry are few.q Although the authors of the survey saw qcopyleftq initiatives like Open Educational Resources and Free and Open Source Software as great ways to help consumers vault access barriers, they concluded that governments needed to act qto address consumers' needs for lower cost original materials to buy, borrow and access online.q The survey forms the first two chapters of Consumers International's new report Access to Knowledge for Consumers: Reports of Campaigns and Research 2008-2010.q--Publisher descriptionYet the Development Agenda principles also help guide locating the brokerage points of the constituent movements of A2K with concepts ... Clusters of advocacy campaigns are further identified. 9 Signatory countries included Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Iran, Kenya, Peru, Sierraanbsp;...

Title:Access to Knowledge for Consumers
Author:Jeremy Malcolm
Publisher:Consumers International - 2010


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