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knowledge to all no copyright open accessWe fight inequality in knowledge access across the world. The scientific knowledge should be available for every person regardless of their income, social status, geographical location and etc.Our mission is to remove any barrier which impeding the widest possible distribution of knowledge in human society!We advocate for cancellation of intellectual property, or copyright laws, for scientific and educational resources.Copyright laws render the operation of most online libraries illegal. Hence many people are deprived from knowledge, while at the same time allowing rightholders to have a huge benefits from this. The copyright fosters increase of both informational and economical inequality.The Sci-Hub project supports Open Access movement in science. Research should be published in open access, i.e. be free to read.The Open Access is a new and advanced form of scientific communication, which is going to replace outdated subscription models. We stand against unfair gain that publishers collect by creating limits to knowledge distribution.
I agree with them.
Why? If someone developed that knowledge, let them benefit from it for a certain number of years. Or else, they won't spend the time and money it takes to develop that knowledge, and we all end up losing out.
The new ruling also states that internet search engines, web hosting sites, internet service providers (ISPs), domain name registrars and domain name registries cease facilitating “any or all domain names and websites through which Defendant Sci-Hub engages in unlawful access to, use, reproduction, and distribution of the ACS Marks or ACS's Copyrighted Works.”“This case could set precedent for the extent third-parties on the internet are required to enforce government-mandated censorship,” says Daniel Himmelstein, a data scientist at the University of Pennsylvania who recently analyzed how many journal papers Sci-Hub holds.
Much (most?) of this research is funded with tax dollars