In June of 2015 Elsevier won an injunction against Library Genesis, the largest illegal repository of electronic books, journals and articles on the web and against its subsidiary platform for accessing the academic journals Sci-hub.org. A voluntary and non-commercial project of anonymous scientists from mostly Eastern Europe, it provides access to over million academic articles either stored in its database or accessed by bypassing the paywalls of academic publishers. As the only person explicitly named in Elsevier’s lawsuit was Sci-hub’s founder Alexandra Elbakyan, who minced no words: “_When I was working on my research project, I found out that all research papers I needed for work were paywalled. I was a student in Kazakhstan at the time and our university was not subscribed to anything,” being a computer scientist she found the tools and services on the internet that allowed her to bypass the paywalls. First she would make articles available on internet forums where people would file requests for the articles they needed, but then eventually she automated the process and made the access available to everyone on the open web. “_Thanks to Elsevier’s lawsuit, I got past the point of no return. At this time I either have to prove we have the full right to do this or risk being executed like other ‘pirates’ ... If Elsevier manages to shut down our projects or force them into the darknet, that will demonstrate an important idea: that the public does not have the right to knowledge. ... Everyone should have access to knowledge regardless of their income or affiliation. And that’s absolutely legal. Also the idea that knowledge can be a private property of some commercial company sounds absolutely weird to me.”
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