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Call me a conspiracy theorist but i find it more likely that the police are sucking at the teet of 'big academic publishing' (nah doesnt roll off the tongue does it?) as opposed to any real 'concerns'.
Nevermind their scurrilous accusations against libgen, nothing but a rude attempt to continue trying to bankrupt students with outrageous fees
Besides, the site is Kazakh hosted not 'Russian' (unless something has changed since i last checked), it feels like we're back n the cold war where absolutely anything that is even mildly related to Russia must be an evil scary thing :rolleyes:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/education-56462390
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Now that is a the best kind of free advertising, I wasn't even aware of this site. Really handy resource to have.
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The woman behind this site is a respected scientist, she's Kazakh, not Russian and she spends most of her time in the US. The site is well motivated, the charges for online scientific papers to non-university people are outrageous and hold back human progress.

This is 100% a case of the UK police being co-opted into corporate defence work against the real interests of citizens.
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Now that is a the best kind of free advertising, I wasn't even aware of this site. Really handy resource to have.
Yes! I suspect that students who are persuaded by these warnings to stop using Sci-hub will be outnumbered by the new users the site gains from the free advertising.
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Sci-hub got me through final year, literally everything i needed was behind a pay wall which is kind of ridiculous when you consider how much we were all paying to be there
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Call me a conspiracy theorist but i find it more likely that the police are sucking at the teet of 'big academic publishing' (nah doesnt roll off the tongue does it?) as opposed to any real 'concerns'.
Nevermind their scurrilous accusations against libgen, nothing but a rude attempt to continue trying to bankrupt students with outrageous fees
Besides, the site is Kazakh hosted not 'Russian' (unless something has changed since i last checked), it feels like we're back n the cold war where absolutely anything that is even mildly related to Russia must be an evil scary thing :rolleyes:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/education-56462390
The funny thing about this is that in my experience, academics themselves aren't particularly stringent about intellectual property standards. So many of my professors over the years have distributed 'dodgy' pdf copies of books and journals from their private stashes, and we even once had a lecturer encourage us to torrent the textbook he wrote. (Obviously when it comes to personal/unpublished research, things are very different.)
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Never heard of it. Bookmarked now for after I finish my studies and still want to find research.
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The funny thing about this is that in my experience, academics themselves aren't particularly stringent about intellectual property standards. So many of my professors over the years have distributed 'dodgy' pdf copies of books and journals from their private stashes, and we even once had a lecturer encourage us to torrent the textbook he wrote. (Obviously when it comes to personal/unpublished research, things are very different.)
Oh aye, most of mine took the view that knowledge should be shared and if you email the author of a paper theyl usually send you a copy back because the publishers screw them just as much as they screw students :lol:
I did find the large book of poorly scanned pdfs we were given at undergrad amusing though, if irritating because they were unreadable.. better than the teachers forcing us to buy their books though :lol:
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They tell me to avoid but they just did the exact opposite thing to me, I now WANT to use it lol.
It's outrages how I have to pay 40 or 70 quid or more for a few papers just to find out they were utterly useless for my research. Knowledge should be free
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They tell me to avoid but they just did the exact opposite thing to me, I now WANT to use it lol.
It's outrages how I have to pay 40 or 70 quid or more for a few papers just to find out they were utterly useless for my research. Knowledge should be free
Preach. This was the specific reason the site was set up and unlike TPB this and libgen are almost exclusively for academic and technical work. Like the idea of spending $800 for a textbook (which obviously the library doesnt have :lol: ) is morally offensive in the first place.
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