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Liberating the JSTOR articles one PDF ata time

bboitano (1838180) writes | about 2 years ago

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bboitano (1838180) writes "On Monday afternoon, a group of online archivists released the "Aaron Swartz Memorial JSTOR Liberator." The initiative is a JavaScript-based bookmarklet that lets Internet users "liberate" an article, already in the public domain, from the online academic archive JSTOR. By running the script—which is limited to once per browser—a public domain academic article is downloaded to the user’s computer, then uploaded back to ArchiveTeam in a small act of protest against JSTOR's restrictive policies."
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Alice in Wonderland (1)

Marcion (876801) | about 2 years ago | (#42608921)

I never really understood why taxpayer funded research is written up on taxpayer funded time by taxpayer funded professors. The other taxpayer funded professors are then bought a copy of the article by the taxpayers. The only people who cannot access the articles are the taxpayers themselves. There is not really a good excuse for this in the internet age when the marginal cost of distribution is zero.

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