Paywall: The Business of Scholarship is a documentary film that focuses on the need for open access to research and science. The film questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishing and examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher, Elsevier. The documentary team also investigates why these profit margins are often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook, and Google.
Staying true to the open access model: the film is free to stream and download, for private or public use, and maintains the most open CC BY 4.0 Creative Commons designation to ensure anyone regardless of their social, financial, or political background will have access.
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