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    (Original post by Washing Post Article)
    Alexandra Elbakyan is a highbrow pirate in hiding.

    The 27-year-old graduate student from Kazakhstan is operating a searchable online database of nearly 50 million stolen scholarly journal articles, shattering the $10 billion-per-year paywall of academic publishers.
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    “There are many ways to argue that copyright infringement is not theft, but even if it is, it is justified in this case,” she said in an instant-message interview via Google. “All content should be copied without restriction. But for education and research, copyright laws are especially damaging.”
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    What do you think of her actions?
    Do you think them unethical?
    Even if you think they are, would you agree that research should not be paywalled?
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    Well done to her. Science exists to benefit people (and it's often funded by the taxpayer anyway) so it seems absolutely absurd that most academic research isn't accessible unless you're accessing it through a university VPN. I can't see any reason why all research shouldn't be open-access. I really haven't got a huge amount of sympathy for the academic publishers, they're the unethical ones here in my opinion. Journals like PLOS ONE show that open access is a completely feasible option.
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    Seems like Aaron Swartz female counterpart tbh. Publicly funded research papers should be readily accessible... well to the public.
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    Such knowledge should always be made public, as it paves the way for a more intellectually enlightened society. It's beneficial to do so, and selfish not to (if you're a scientist then shouldn't benefiting society come above benefiting yourself?), and if someone wants to make money off of a research paper then publish a book about it.
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    The benefits of doing this far out-weigh the negatives.
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    Are they talking about Library Genesis? Because pretty much everyone I know uses that in the academic world.
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    (Original post by KingBradly)
    The benefits of doing this far out-weigh the negatives.
    Sure for society. But they've pretty much ruined their own life now.
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    Lesser of 2 evils.

    Both ideas might be a bit extreme, restricting access to scientific research, am unauthorised access to scientific research, but the benefits of the latter greatly supersede the negatives.
 
 
 
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