[IRTalk] Colombian Court Acquits Diego Gómez of Criminal Charges for Sharing a Research Paper Online

Ina Smith Ina at assaf.org.za
Sun May 28 11:52:40 SAST 2017

This is a great breakthrough for Open Access. Access to publicly funded research a basic human right.


Diego Gómez, the Colombian student who for the last three years has been prosecuted for sharing an academic paper online, has been cleared of criminal charges<https://www.nature.com/news/colombian-biologist-cleared-of-criminal-charges-for-posting-another-scientist-s-thesis-online-1.22057>. The decision was delivered today(24 May 2017) by a judge in the Bogotá Circuit Criminal Court.

In 2014 Diego was a student in conservation and wildlife management, with poor access to many of the resources and databases that would help him conduct his research. Diego found and shared a academic paper online so that others could read and learn from it, just as he did. Gómez was prosecuted for copyright infringement, and faced up to eight years in prison.

Ina Smith
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