"Sci-stroke: the true solution to the Open Access Problem"
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For many researchers Sci-Hub is an irreplaceable part of their work. Now a US court has decided that service providers must remove all links to the page. In addition, operators are to pay 4.8 million US dollars.
Critics call Sci-stroke, the "Pirate Bay researchers"However, for many scientists, the guerrilla library for scientific publications is an indispensable part of the daily research. The founder of the platform has even been recognized by the prestigious journal Nature for their work. Sci-hub provides scientific papers of all kinds into the net, is in this case about copyright issues of time and makes the work so available to researchers who would otherwise due to paywall restrictions no access to the publications. Now, however, a devastating judgment against the platform has imposed a US federal court.
Non-profit charitable sued rebels
As the portal TorrentFreak reported the chemist specialist company American Chemical Society (ACS) has awarded the maximum demand of 4.8 million US dollars (about 4.1 million euros) for 32 wrongly copied and spread works a District Court in Virginia. This is the second sentence of this kind. In June, the trade book publisher Elsevier 15 million US dollars (about 13 million euros) had by a District Court in New York get awarded. The Kazakh Alexandra Elbakyan that operates Sci-stroke was not attending two court hearings. She had made it clear in interviews earlier that they fear reprisals by the Urherberrechtslobby at a trip to the US.
ACS is a nonprofit organization, but feels nonetheless exposed to huge losses by Sci-stroke because their own journals went through the free competition from Sci-stroke funds through their fingers. But Elbakyan does not make money with sci-stroke, she sees the platform as dients to the general public. There is probably no question that the operators the means to pay the fine imposed by the courts indemnities missing.
"devastating" Judgment for the entire Internet?
In addition to the payable of Sci-stroke compensation of judges from Virginia has condemned and Internet operators to take steps against the proliferation of material on the Web site. Industry representatives - including Google, Facebook and Microsoft - had himself turned out to the court, pointing out that such a decision could have a devastating effect on the Internet as such. The court had, however, this annulled. DNS and hosting providers, registrars, search engines and other service providers must therefore remove upon request any links to Sci hub.
Whether these measures in good networking research community, which obviously has an acute need for the service done much seems doubtful. After all, but network operators can now be ordered to block the website, which in the past when copyright infringement is a rarity in the United States. Sci-stroke itself seems to be little affected by the ruling. So far, the service and its operators had successfully withdrawn from the US jurisdiction.(FAB)