Price of a Bad Review
Colleen Flaherty, Feb 08, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Though we hear from time to time (i.e., yesterday) that the American patent system is broken, my own feeing si that it the the American legal system that is broken. In The Litigation Society, you can expec justice only if you can afford justice, and in most cases, you cannot afford justice. That's the case in this item, where a librarian is being sued for a ridiculous amount because he had the temerity to criticize a publishing house in his blog. As reported by Inside Higher Ed, he referred to Edwin Mellen Press as "a 'vanity press' with 'few, if any, noted scholars serving as series editors,' benefiting largely from librarians not returning books sent for approval at 'egregiously high prices.'" It becomes clear in this and similar cases that "the integrity of true academic freedom is only as strong as the will and resources to defend it."

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