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L. Amber Wilcox-O'Hearn

Feb 18, 2014, 9:00:23 AM2/18/14

Yes.  I think using micropayments (same idea, but much smaller amounts) is the ideal solution to this problem.

On 17 Feb 2014 23:27, <> wrote:


    Richard Smith <> Feb 17 04:08AM -0800  

    Hi all,
    I recently wrote a blog post with a basic outline for software that could
    enable complete liberation of all journal articles in a distributed way.
    A reader suggested I post it here, so here it is:

    Keen to hear thoughts from this community.


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Michael Mokrysz

Feb 19, 2014, 3:59:33 PM2/19/14
I agree costs should be far lower than £0.79/paper - assuming that was to stress the iTunes example. Given the negligible costs of storing an individual paper, Netflix-style pay-per-month seems more practical. 

The concept seems sound, although as usual suffering from the tricky issue of anonymising paper sources. I don't feel an iTunes-style item payment suits, however. Your average paper takes up a tiny amount of disk space and so a monthly payment or none might make more sense, although I'm unclear how this would work for a presumably grassroots and distributed system.

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