"Police are warning students and universities not to access Sci-Hub, an "illegal website" that allows users to download scientific research papers normally locked behind expensive subscriptions."

Very bad indeed. That name again: Sci-Hub. Remember it so you can avoid it. Ahem.

Kids, always remember:

"You wouldn't download an education."


I'm sharing the site everywhere so people know to stay away from it.

Thank you for warning us!


Phew, I'm so glad people like you help spreading the word. That'll show this site!

@deejoe @fribbledom

Education for profit is such a disgusting concept. Only our sick system could've come up with it.

@fribbledom That's what I'm doing with this online school stuff.

@fribbledom education you already paid for with your taxes!

@fribbledom Download? Maybe no, but at the same time, there can be different degrees of seamlessness between your own knowledge and the combined knowledge of humanity.

Right now this is represented by the ability to go to #wikipedia at any time, limited only by your understanding of the knowledge map, of basic principles common to all science, and reading speed.

In the future, the seam will only be thinner.


@houkimenator Is this another sarcastic post but about woke Wikipedia? Only the woke quote those over-censored fools. @fribbledom

@kevin @fribbledom
If an author/creator/owner of a piece of #work says their work has a price / is not free / can (only) be accessed with payment... whether it's physical or digital goods... and we go around their backs and take their work without compensating them...

Well, there's a word for that. 🤨

What one does is their choice. You do what you do. But *let's not teach/encourage others* to go down that path. That is much worse than doing the wrong yourself.

@evelynyap @fribbledom The problem I see in academic publishing is (correct me if I'm wrong) the authors not getting any money even though the public has to pay for access.
This is why I personally don't see that mich of a moral problem with pirating papers etc.

But I can see where you're coming from and I agree that if a authors / creators income is directly harmed from piracy of their work it is immoral to just take it.

What do you think?

@kevin @fribbledom
Better to not assume that they're not being compensated, me thinks. ☝️

Instead, I think it's best to contact them directly* and ask* nicely. Or offer to pay them directly. I bet it would please them.

As far as i know, studies are either funded by authors/researchers themselves (rare) or by an entity/institution (common). It's reasonable to think that whoever funded it would own* the work and may want to get some of their investment back. 🤷‍♀️


All my papers so far have been funded either by EU or the government or a funding entity that collects money from charity and fundraising events. On top of the research cost I have had to pay thousands of euros to publish them. If you ask me, I’ve already paid enough to the vultures (ai.e journal) which almost always have embargo periods. If anyone access my articles via sci-hub, I morally support them.

@kevin @fribbledom


Sometimes due to certain policies and regulations, you are forced to publish in a specific journal which is not open access. That has happened to me too.

The journals does not have high costs. Their only costs are editorial team salaries and website maintenance. Everything else is done for them for free by abusing the academic system, including but not limited to writing the article, producing the figures, typesetting, peer review, and data storage and DOI.

@kevin @fribbledom

@fribbledom uses this one weird trick to learn him some science. Policemen hate him!


I think police should also warn students and universities not to access libgen, an "illegal website" that allows users to download all kinds of academic books normally priced exceptionally high."

So, just to remind you: that's Sci-Hub:

It's "illegal", don't use it to search for scientific information ;-)

@hans "You wouldn't steal a car, would you steal a book?"

@hans GOsh, thanks for the warning! I can now update my firewall, so no one would ever download any paper from this awful, awful ! And I will warn my students to stay away from the site too!

@Radomir Darmiła Good! Heaven forbid they would find anything on it that would help them in their study.
@Zezin :fedora: :tp: Apples and oranges. Stealing a car means someone no longer has his car. Reading scientific knowledge doesn't take anything away from the researcher(s) who wrote it, but does add to the general level of knowledge.

@hans Takes away nothing from the researcher but it might make it so the publisher's CEO won't be able to buy that third yacht. Very sad indeed.

@fribbledom truly horrifying crimes would be accessing library genesis, which not only has scientific information but also university-level textbooks (gasp) searchable by author, title, edition, IBSN etc. and available from several mirrors!
I just don't know how Pearson survives really, they're basically *giving* the eBooks away

@quarky @fribbledom They survive because you have to buy codes for their shitty online services

@quarky @fribbledom I'm going to warn all my friends about these dangerous crime sights, and encourage them to warn everyone they know

@quarky @fribbledom, how could you put up this warning without giving more details? One of library genesis mirror is located at, which appears to be written in #Rust, a language spoken by hipsters worldwide.

Okay remind me again why are publicly funded officers working as lackeys of private, for-profit interests?

Because they are cops. And the COL force are basically a private security firm for the financial institutions

@yuki @fribbledom police basically exist to protect property. They’re doing this because it’s literally what they’re intended to do. And the State gives them that power by making copyright violations a crime (at least in some cases) rather than merely a tort.


Help destroy science by making it impossible for small peer-reviewed journals to survive. Brilliant!


Also *you shouldn't* access sites like:
Library Genesis and Imperial Library of Trantor.

@redstarfish @fribbledom it's also worth avoiding aaaaargh & r/alexandria, for that matter. stay safe out there, people :blobcatuwu:

@fribbledom wow I hate sci-hub so much. I couldn’t have imagined using this for my school reports on vaccines, let alone scientific papers I was just interested in randomly!

What a world we live in 😂


My deep felt opinion is that the state should keep itself away from the matters of #science and #education.

In the modern world there is a broad consensus that science is important.
It won't die.
It will just become more free.

And in the more free ecosystem there can be healthier funding and sharing mechanisms.


Aren't you forgetting that it is (mostly) the state that makes sure universities receive funding to be able to do the research in the first place? Curious to see your view on that 'free' ecosystem in the future. I hope you aren't insinuating to privatize that fund flow.


We should never forget that A. Elbakyan's life became *very* complicated because she created this tool.

I am thankful to her, but very angry at colleagues of mine who use her tool but keep publishing their works at publishing houses that use expensive paywalls and sued (or could have sued) A. Elbakyan for breaking them.

F*** knowledge economy!

@r_a @fribbledom

I think the problem is not really the knowledge #economy per se, but rather the fact that the state buys subscriptions for these houses for all universities.
+- regardless of price.

This is not a free competitive #market.
It is basically a monopsony with guaranteed sells because articles cannot substitute each other.

As i said in this thread, the state should keep itself away as it is the root of this problem.

I agree with the fact that this a quasi-monopsony.

Regardless of price... when they still can afford it. Inequalities are increasing.

@r_a @fribbledom You say "expensive paywalls" but I have to say it's not just about cost. #RUC university buys access to books & journals from a #CloudFlare site. Access is gratis to the students, but they must sacrifice their privacy because the material is on a Tor-blocking #CloudFlare website. #SciHub has an onion site which protects privacy. /cc @hhardy01

This actually is another big issue, thanks for mentioning it!

Some database editors also use dark patterns to encourage approval of ad cookies (while charging their use to libraries :shibamad: !)

Can students access to these resources at #RUC university without being logged in, when they are in the univ. library?
@fribbledom @hhardy01

@r_a @hhardy01 @fribbledom no, #RUC students must login. They don't control who can enter the building. Anyone off the street can enter the library and read paper books there so long as they don't leave with them. But ebooks are more tightly controlled.

terrorists are always funded by people like us. microsoft, intel, google, apple, elsevier, jstor etc.

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