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Free v. Pay

We must understand our mission—to provide free, comprehensive resources to persons seeking liberal learning in the digital commons—in an aspirational sense. We cannot provide resources that are entirely free and meaningfully comprehensive. Copyright restrictions prohibit free access to a large proportion of the cultural works created during the last 75 years. With respect to our central concern for self-formation and liberal learning, those prohibitions disrupt less devastatingly than they would were this a site for the study of social or natural science, medicine, law, or technology. Nevertheless, copyright restrictions complicate and limit what we can do.
Historically, copyright arrangements have served important, constructive functions in the life of the mind, and despite their obsolescence relative to the digital world, they have a fading necessity. As part of the digital commons, we rely on intrinsic motivation