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Access to Knowledge: Intellectual Property Right as a Potential Barrier for Society and Public to the Knowledge

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DOI: 10.25236/iwass.2021.031


Zhengyuan Liao

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Zhengyuan Liao


With the absence of novel technology and expansion of protection of copyright works, the right holders especially the publishers may create the barrier for society particularly the developing countries to knowledge. This article will identify the existing and current situations of copyright expansion on books for education and journals. The role of publishers in hindering the access to knowledge will be identified. Based on the problems on copyright provided previously, the suggestions by striking a fair balance between copyright and public interest will be provided in order to ensure the interest of the public without prejudice to the interest of right holders.


Copyright, Knowledge, Journal, Publishers, Public interest