Peter Murray Rust on Sci Hub:
Alexandra (who I haven’t met, or corresponded with, but would like to) is shunned by academia and publishers. She is “breaking the law” and therefore must by treated as a criminal. Possibly extradited and then tried as a cyber-terrorist as they wanted to do with Aaron Swartz.
But Alexandra is in a long tradition of civil disobedience. Our current Copyright law is bad. It’s bad for science. It’s bad for citizens. It’s bad for the health of the planet and of the human race. Not enough people stand up and denounce it. The arguments for reform are made, but they are smashed by the massive money being thrown at Brussels by the entrenched industry. Reform, if it comes at all, will be miniscule – “TDM by public interest research organizations doing non-commercial research” was one Commission proposal. Is that even me – one of the most prominent public practitioners?
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