From: Marcus A Banks <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2016 03:11:54 +0000
Rick: It is possible both to disagree with Sci-Hub's means (phishing
and stealing passwords is wrong) and appreciate its ends. Written with
no intention/desire to thwart those who have other views.
Hear hear Kevin. Copyright law is vastly in need of an overhaul, its
underlying assumptions are pre-Web and that shows.
> On Mar 1, 2016, at 2:23 PM, LIBLICENSE <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> From: Kevin Smith <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: Tue, 1 Mar 2016 10:28:33 +0000
> It is probably worth remember that the policy of ignoring copyrights
> granted by foreign governments, which is what SciHub is doing, was
> also the stance of the American publishing industry throughout the
> 19th century. Publishing grew as fast as it did in the U.S. in part
> because it was able to publish works from abroad without negotiating
> royalties, since our nation did not recognize rights over foreign IP.
> Copyright is not a god-given natural right, and we should avoid
> reifying it. It is, in fact, a form of economic social engineering
> design to achieve particular conditions. When it no longer serves its
> purpose, it may be time to reconsider our commitment to the copyright
> regime once again, as a policy decision made for specific historical
> conditions that no longer obtain.