Nature Drops Its Paywall... But Replaces It With Insane, Anti-Research Proprietary DRM | Techdirt
Is this more open than the full paywall? Sure. But, it’s such a hamfisted way of “opening up” that it makes things even more annoying. If you can’t download, copy or print the text — and you have to install annoying proprietary software — it makes it a hell of a lot harder for researchers to actually make use of the text to, you know, contribute to their own research. Of course, the announcement also notes that Nature’s owner, Macmillan, just happens to have a “majority investment” in ReadCube, the proprietary DRM platform that the company is using.