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dc.contributor.authorGreenhill, Kathryn
dc.contributor.authorWiebrands, C.
dc.contributor.editorAlyson Kosina
dc.identifier.citationGreenhill, Kathryn and Wiebrands, Constance. 2012. No library required: the free and easy backwaters of online content sharing, in VALA 2012: 16th Biennial Conference and Exhibition, Feb 6-9 2012. Melbourne, Vic.: VALA.

Twentieth-century libraries were funded to provide content to their communities legally, easily and free. In the twenty-first century, new online competitors supply home consumers, legally and illegally, with what libraries traditionally were best at providing to library users - free and easy content. This paper suggests that library staff arguing for the value of contemporary libraries should be aware of the quality, methods and material of "hidden competitors". Some "hidden competitors" discussed include "blackmarket" journal article sharing, BitTorrenting sites, online textbook-sharing sites, self-distributing artists, programs to strip Digital Rights Management from ebooks, Amazon's ebook distribution and fan fiction. Possible future models for both "hidden competitors" and libraries - and implications of these - are suggested.

dc.publisherVALA; Libraries, technology and the future
dc.titleNo library required: the free and easy backwaters of online content sharing
dc.typeConference Paper
dcterms.source.titleVALA 2012: eM-powering eFutures
dcterms.source.seriesVALA 2012: eM-powering eFutures
dcterms.source.conferenceVALA 2012: eM-powering eFutures
dcterms.source.conference-start-dateFeb 6 2012
dcterms.source.conferencelocationMelbourne, Australia
dcterms.source.placeMelbourne, Australia

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curtin.departmentSchool of Media, Culture and Creative Arts
curtin.accessStatusOpen access

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