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Mark Taylor Attempts to Take Down AAAARG.org

I post this here for traffic because this seems like a worthy topic for the internet few to read. It seems that the Napster of academic presses AAAARG.org has been forced to change its practices by a former music industry publishing advisor to Macmillan.

Read the related articles at blog: Macmillan and Mark Taylor take down AAAARG.org

Thanks Matt for the clarification.

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8 responses to “Mark Taylor Attempts to Take Down AAAARG.org

  1. kvond April 24, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Thanks Matt. I was just getting into Mark C. Taylor’s interesting Confidence Games to see if there is argument for such an action. Good to know it was a music industry type…or perhaps not so good.

  2. Nathan April 26, 2010 at 1:29 am

    Thankfully AAAARG.org is operational again. There was a period of about a week where the AAAARG.org community threw around some ideas on how to keep the site running. The site has been threated with legal action a number of times from what I am aware. Other than the most recent speculation that Mark Taylor was involved with the brief cessation of AAAARG.org being operational, the other most notable case was the letter AAAARG’s administrators received from Verso.

    It will be interesting to see how things progress not only for sites like AAAARG, (which there are many), but also for academic publishing in the future. Is it reasonable to ask: “what role can academics play in all of this?” I’ve always though it interesting to read what academics have to say about this subject, given that Matthew Calarco has in some form responded to the topic by posting a coment here, and that we can find his work linked to at places like AAARG.org.

    Personally, I think we need to look closely at how Re.Press are operating at the moment.

  3. kvond April 26, 2010 at 2:07 am

    Thanks for more detail Nathan. Interesting that Verso was pressuring as well. I too think that academia must weigh in upon this at the LEVEL of ethics and theory, instead of remaining complicit. Much of the Left/Revolutionary thinking that characterizes Continental thinking is deeply entrenched in explicit structures of Instutional and publishing control. At the very least this is exactly where theory and practice meet. I’m not saying that indeed one must either take a stand against or for file sharing of intellectual works, but I do think there is a call for an articulation from authors themselves.

  4. Maurice Faustrillo May 27, 2010 at 4:24 am

    I am posting here because when I refreshed aaaarg.org this morning, it was with disappointment but not surprise, the writing having been on the wall for some time, that I found it no longer exists — or does it? Any leads welcome.

    • Nathan January 4, 2011 at 10:36 pm

      aaaaarg.org is operational, however, aaaarg.org is not. It appears, though, some are experiencing difficulties with the site. What the reason is I’m not sure.

  5. Simon Taylor January 13, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I am posting this because although I have contacted someone@aaaaarg.org I was curious to read if others have experienced the same problem and perhaps have advice on how it may be overcome. My server is suddenly blocking aaaaarg. My first hyperlink from YESTERDAY returned: Forbidden

    You don’t have permission to access /text/20122/instant-my-death on this server.

    While ironic, still annoying. And with further clicks and address-tweaks no progress.

    Ideas?

  6. Simon Taylor January 19, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    transmission resumed.

    without explanation.

    thank you, someone.

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