From Nature News:
Operators of Internet repositories that provide illicit free access to millions of research papers seem determined to keep up their services, despite being barred by an injunction.
A New York district court ruled on 28 October that online services such as Sci-Hub and the Library Genesis Project (Libgen) violate US copyright law. The court ruled in favour of academic publisher Elsevier, which in June filed a complaint against the main operators of the sites for unlawfully accessing and distributing its copyrighted papers.
Sci-Hub downloads articles by aping university IP addresses and stores them in a repository that now contains more than 46 million papers. More.
One possible solution would be to make all serious public science research free online.
Proprietary right are fine for Mickey MouseTM, but the current arrangements create a class system that disproportionately benefits colleagues who can access papers free through research libraries — maybe contributing to issues around peer review. Thoughts?
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