[open-science] UK text mining exception: sci-hub

P Kishor punk.kish at gmail.com
Fri Jul 8 16:21:39 UTC 2016

Let me give another analogy:

I like drinking coffee and I can legally buy coffee from my local supermarket. But I am not allowed to buy “illegally” obtained coffee from the country across the border. My local supermarket makes it difficult for me to buy coffee so I figure out a way to get it from across the border. If doing so is illegal in my country then yes, I am committing a crime. I am not commenting on whether or not it is the right thing to do. I am just commenting whether or not it is illegal. If the law of your country thinks that sci-hub got the papers illegally then very likely you will be committing a crime getting papers from sci-hub.

> On Jul 8, 2016, at 12:16 PM, Mike Taylor <mike at indexdata.com> wrote:
> I am not sure the question "Is Sci-Hub legal in your country?" makes
> much sense. Sci-Hub isn't even IN my country.
> -- Mike.
> On 8 July 2016 at 17:15, P Kishor <punk.kish at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Is sci-hub legal in your country? If yes, then it is legal for you get papers from sci-hub. If not, then it is not legal for you to get papers from sci-hub. You always break the laws of the country where you are located, and those who believe are harmed by your action have the recourse to sue you in your country because that is where you have broken the law.
>>> On Jul 8, 2016, at 12:10 PM, Maximilian Haeussler <maximilianh at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I have a naive question about copyright, sorry, and just out of curiosity:
>>> If a UK-based researcher is crawling papers but has trouble getting
>>> them because of anti-bot techniques (e.g. Karger), is it legal for her
>>> to crawl the papers from sci-hub instead?
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