Sci-Hub Tears Down Academia’s “Illegal” Copyright Paywalls | TorrentFreak
Founded by Alexandra Elbakyan, a researcher born and graduated in Kazakhstan, [Sci-Hub]’s main goal is to provide the less privileged with access to science and knowledge.
(...) “If Elsevier manages to shut down our projects or force them into the darknet, that will demonstrate an important idea: that the public does not have the right to knowledge. We have to win over Elsevier and other publishers and show that what these commercial companies are doing is fundamentally wrong.”
(...) “The funniest thing I was told multiple times by researchers is that they have to download their own published articles from Sci-Hub. Even authors do not have access to their own work,” Alexandra says.
Instead of seeing herself as the offender, Alexandra believes that the major academic publishers are the ones who are wrong.