It’s time to destroy Elsevier (just for starters)

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August 9, 2016
Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"Just this past May, Elsevier -- the most notorious of the price-gouging proprietary academic publishing crime families -- acquired the open-access academic repository SSRN. That's right -- a publisher that charges $30 to access 30-year-old papers is closing off free legal alternatives while simultaneously whining about sharing sites like Sci-Hub. Meanwhile, a Science magazine survey found 88% of respondents consider it morally acceptable to access 'pirated' articles for free on sharing websites, and 25% actually do so weekly ('In survey, most give thumbs-up to pirated papers,' Science, May 6). Now more than ever there's a crying need for someone to do to academic publishing what the file-sharing movement did to the music industry." (08/09/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/45923  

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  • dL

    “Now more than ever there’s a crying need for someone to do to academic publishing what the file-sharing movement did to the music industry.”

    What is the percentage of ppl who stream vs torrent download for their music?
    P2P file sharing did not destroy the RIAA or the MPAA. Today, Kodi sticks are the biggest piracy “threat” to media IP(kodi sticks allow you to pirate streams).

    Given the past “thefts” from the paywalled gatekeepers, I’m sure you get academic publications over p2p torrents. If you want a nice central place to search torrent descriptors, like a Science Pirate Bay, I would highly recommend being beyond the jurisdictional reach of the US, a trick that is not easy to do, anywhere. The problem is that Carson has been unmerciful towards ppl and organizations like Wikileaks that are dedicated to facilitating jurisdictional differentiation– for reasons that i’m not entirely sure of other than supposed violations of communitarian justice norms.

    If it was merely a question of technology, this shit would have been done 15 years ago. It is not merely a question of that.

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