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post #31 of 41
I've spent 7 years of my life in university & I haven't met a single prof or grad student like myself who wouldn't want to share their research freely with the world. There is reason why 'arXiv' is wildly popular.
post #32 of 41
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Originally Posted by Sylence View Post
lolwut? How do you get from police ignorance and stupidity to conspiracy? Also as many people have remarked, all of these documents are readily available for anyone who is actually interested in them. I understand why he made this torrent but there really isn't any practical reason why anyone would want to download it. Do you really think the government will care if 1 million people download this?

I predict no-one will actually read more than two or three articles and will understand less than that!

TL;DR Good message - poor execution.
Obviously you haven't read the source and haven't understood anything about this story. These are not free to anyone, they cost 8$ to 19$ per article or thousands of dollars for a yearly subscription to access the whole journal database (which you get when you go to university for free because universities pay for access).

So the only people who can readily access these are members of a university.
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post #33 of 41
Can't people see that today's organization is even holding back scientific research.. Life could be SO MUCH better.
post #34 of 41
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Originally Posted by Ecchi-BANZAII!!! View Post
One person tries to share knowledge, goverment silence him by busting him for "hacking", Academy doesn't.
Conspiracy?
You said my name????
Well I can see some group of hackers targeting university and governmental sites to bring down for this guy.
The poo is about to hit a very fast moving fan.
post #35 of 41
Are these legal to download? I'd like to look at them even if they are very old.
    
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post #36 of 41
So, if I get this right, these papers are usually paid for, except that he got it for free because he's a student? And now he's sharing them?

If so, what a hero. Knowledge is power, and power to the people!
post #37 of 41
Is there a common subject on the research papers? If they're all pre 1923 i'm wondering why they're not already open access. I don't think i've ever read one research paper in my grad studies career that was that old. I'm guessing most of this literature is going to be over the heads of the majority of downloaders unless they work in the field that the paper corresponds to.

For those that are wondering, some research journals require a subscription or individual purchase of their published material, while some others don't. Normally a university just shells out a boatload of money for the subscriptions to the closed access journals such that students can read and download them for research purposes. If you guys are interested in more recent academic papers that are free to download, you should check out the Public Library of Science, which is one of the higher impact science journals that's free to the public. Again, some of the material might be over your head at the moment
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post #38 of 41
I hope they put this guy in jail for a long long time. To anyone who thinks this guy is some sort of modern day Robin Hood, think again.

Sure most of these papers are public domain or at least freely available to obtain from public sources, but it is the university (MIT) that spent the money to compile them, make sure they are peer-reviewed, buy and set up the servers so people can access them, write custom software so the articles can be searched and cross-referenced, etc. They did all of this as a service to provide tools to academia and to produce revenue.

The same reasoning that states this data should be free would also dictate that it is ok to walk into a convenience store and steal a bottle of water. After all, water is made by mother nature and is freely available in the wild. Nobody owns the copyright or patent on water. Why shouldn't you be able to just walk out with it without paying?

Because you are essentially not paying for the water, or the academic papers for that matter.

You are paying for the convenience to have a bottle of water in your hand right now ready to drink without the thought of having to go to a pure source to get it yourself. Just like you are paying for having the university compile all of these papers in one place, ready for you to access instantly without having to think about going to thousands of websites and different author's pages and (eek) perhaps even a library. The water has been (hopefully) purified and/or tested for pathogens, just like the papers MIT provides access to have been peer-reviewed and can be used as a legitimate and citable piece of work.

I could just imagine the look on my professor's face when I cite The Pirate Bay as my resource.
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post #39 of 41
All I can say after reading all of the comments in this thread is this: Why do most people that want to air their opinions on something not even take the time to read the article?



From the link in the OP - http://gigaom.com/2011/07/19/aaron-s...d-mit-library/
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post #40 of 41
and......
Downloading****

What could be more interesting than 18,000 scientific papers.
There is information in here that has been suppressed according to the guy that uploaded it. So why not download it and check it out for ourselves?

For instance the Fda is now going after lots of supplements and herbal products. They have been proven time and time again in study's to show health benefits that outmatch pharmaceutical medications.
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