With inputs from Li Ting and Mogan, this post offers a deeper understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of making materials freely available online. Here’s what you need to know:
Discovery of Knowledge is accelerated
In my previous post I talked about open content in the context of academic research. It is important for researchers to make their content open to access so that students and graduates of the next talent workforce can build on original concepts, innovate through providing news ideas, which makes research literature valuable by substantially contributing and changing the way education takes place. The brightest student with the best capabilities and abilities to read and interpret information is rendered helpless if he/she isn’t provided with the necessary information. You can read more in detail here.
More susceptible to Plagiarism
Li Ting’s post highlights the disadvantages of making content open in the creative industry. While plagiarism and copyright issues are top priority problems for all content producers, it is considered a taboo or unethical for creatives to copy a design. She gave a well known example of giant company Zara, trampling on an indie designer brand by reproducing nearly 100% identical designs and yet commented that “her brand was too unknown for anyone to even notice”. One, if not the most important aspects of producing content to producers is to gain recognition (Edanzediting.com, 2016) and the example has further proven that to have people give proper credits for your work on publicly open platforms is merely a painted picture of an ideal situation.
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Mogan who brings up both advantage and disadvantage for general content producers: advantage being able to disseminate the information rapidly to a wide audience, and disadvantage where open content are usually not correctly credited/cited, which results in over use, diluting the original message intended from the producer. He establishes that it is only fair to pay for what we like and find useful, as a way of appreciation and not short-changing efforts of the artists.
Perhaps the key to balancing expectations of resources for producers and consumers is to engage in thoughtful pricing strategies.
Edanzediting.com. (2016). Advantages and Disadvantages of Open Access | Edanz Editing. [online] Available at: https://www.edanzediting.com/blogs/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-open-access [Accessed 15 Nov. 2016].