Public Knowledge Project (PKP) Predatory Business PracticesDavid Green
Since the publication of “Open Journal Systems Hacking Epidemic and Solutions” on January 26th, Public Knowledge Project (PKP) has posted multiple retaliatory responses on its website, denying OJS security vulnerabilities, and lashing out with wild accusations and defamatory statements against OpenJournalSystems.com.
Over the past four years, PKP and its representatives have engaged in a pattern of conduct that appears to have one sole purpose in mind – eliminate OpenJournalSystems.com as a competitor in the Open Journal Systems platform. This is a concerted effort on the part of PKP, its representatives, and its affiliated companies and vendors, to engage in defamation and interfere with OpenJournalSystems.com’s business through social media and on other forums.
OpenJournalSystems.com has been subjected to continuous harassment and cyberbullying from PKP. Since 2013, PKP has blocked our access to its forum to try and maintain a total monopoly on OJS services; created multiple websites directed at our CEO for the purpose of intimidation and defamation; and directed hundreds of baseless, defamatory social media attacks, against OpenJournalSystems.com in an attempt to damage our reputation. Full details are available in our cease and desist demand letter.
PKP also has frequently violated our copyright and has actively encouraged others who do the same. Every year OpenJournalSystems.com spends thousands of dollars in the development of new, high-quality themes for OJS. Astonishingly, PKP’s forum is allowing others who’ve pirated our theme codes to create posts with links to these illegally obtained themes.
This is not the first time that PKP and their Canadian library associates have launched a libelous campaign against a US corporation. In 2010, Dale Askey, a PKP associate and a librarian at McMaster University, wrote a blog post about Edwin Mellen Press on his personal Web site, Bibliobrary, referring to the publisher as “dubious” and saying its books were often works of “second-class scholarship.” In June 2012, Edwin Mellen Press filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Dale Askey and McMaster University for defamation. PKP’s Canadian library associates started an online publicity campaign against Edwin Mellen Press, calling the defamation lawsuit an assault on academic freedom and free speech. Overwhelmed by this negative publicity campaign, Edwin Mellen Press withdrew their lawsuit in order to avoid any further damage to their business.
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