Harvard Business Review Defends New Restrictions on Sharing Articles

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In 2009, Harvard Business Review sought higher fees from a small number of university libraries that used the academic aggregator Ebsco to provide students access to the journal: Ebsco licenses, the publication argued, were intended for academic research, not to share course materials. Business schools that wanted to use the HBR articles—generally summaries of scholarly research written for a non-academic audience—were asked to pay an additional fee.

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