Theories of Open Access

  • Kunle Ola Australian Catholic University
Keywords: Law, Intellectual Property, Copyright, Open Access, Open Licensing, Theories of Open Access


This article is an acknowledgement of the gap and frustrations created by a legal regime, which has provided the requisite legal covering for the exclusion of the generality from access to knowledge. It provides a theoretical analysis of open access from a multi-dimensional perspective inclusive of socio-economic, legal and political dimensions and explores the rationale for providing free, immediate, open and unrestricted access to the output of research. It seeks to identify and demonstrate the potential benefits of the open access movement to national and global development.


Author Biography

Kunle Ola, Australian Catholic University
Lecturer, Thomas More School of Law
Free and open access to legal information in the digital age