Public Library of Science

Note from Russell McOrmond
In my submission to the copyright reform process I will be arguing that the length of copyright should not only no longer be tied to the death of the author (a very morbid policy where the death of a person is offering a public good by starting the countdown to the release of information to the public domain), but should also be tied to the nature of the information. The Public Library of Science is attempting to do this for scientific and medical literature by encouraging people to boycott journals that do not publish openly to the public within 6 months of the initial publication date.

By releasing the information to the public at a stage when copyright still holds, they seem to be accomplishing the separation of "moral rights" (the right to integrity of the work and be associated with the work) from economic privileges.