Over Two Years Later, Diego Gomez’s Ongoing Case Shows the Need for Global Reforms
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Over Two Years Later, Diego Gomez’s Ongoing Case Shows the Need for Global Reforms

When Diego Gomez, a biology master’s student at the University of Quindio in Colombia, shared a colleague’s thesis with other scientists over the Internet, he was doing what any other science grad student would do: sharing research he found useful so others could benefit from it and build on it. Indeed, this kind of sharing is the norm in academia, just as it is elsewhere in our increasingly social media-driven online world. But the author of the paper filed a lawsuit over the “violation of [his] economic and related rights,” and Diego’s act of sharing was seen by Colombia’s legal system as a copyright violation—specifically, copying and distribution of copyrighted works without permission. That has put this master’s graduate in his late 20s at risk of being sentenced to four to eight years in prison with crippling monetary fines. We have been following Diego’s case for the past two and a half years through several hearings and delays, and we continue to stand with him today. A new hearing was scheduled for this week, in which both the prosecution and defense were expected to present their closing arguments before a final ruling. But, once again, Diego’s hearing was postponed […]

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