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Black Market Database Access To Scholarly Journals 209

An anonymous reader writes "University libraries offer access to a vast array of valuable materials — if you have a login and password. Now people are buying and selling university credentials online, or giving them away on warez sites. They're used by upstart companies abroad who need access to the latest industrial compounds or other valuable info on databases like SciFinder."
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Black Market Database Access To Scholarly Journals

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  • No Tears (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 26, 2011 @04:08PM (#36578010)

    The only people with the right to keep scientific knowledge closed-source are those raised by wolves without so much as even a hint of the nature of linguistics and any thought upon how IT might have evolved. As Newton said: "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." - it applies no less to someone so nameless their only affiliation with science is the selling of other people's methods.

  • by tepples ( 727027 ) <{tepples} {at} {gmail.com}> on Sunday June 26, 2011 @04:20PM (#36578086) Homepage Journal

    I can drive to the local Cal State campus, pull the journal off the shelf, and photocopy this paper for 50 cents.

    They're selling convenience. How much does the gas cost? And how much at your hourly rate does your time cost?

  • Web server logs (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 26, 2011 @04:51PM (#36578276)

    I run a small webserver inside an .edu domain -- looking at my error logs I see daily attempts from Chinese IP addresses to connect to Science Direct and other subscription-only services, presumably looking for open proxies or connections to subscription only services accessible from users within my machine's IP block -- and this presumably explains why.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 26, 2011 @05:16PM (#36578424)
    I work for one of those educational / journal publishers and I can confirm that they are antediluvian leeches that contribute absolutely nothing to the sum of human knowledge and they simply want you to pay for content again and again and again and are NO different than the record companies we've, um, smashed. Seriously, they help inflate the cost of education with their insane pricing models and generally crap technology. I say put them all out of business and let each university manage their publications for the general good.
  • by Runaway1956 ( 1322357 ) on Sunday June 26, 2011 @05:55PM (#36578726) Homepage Journal

    I'm still forming opinions on academic paywalls - but you most certainly have a good point right there.

    I get SO aggravated when I'm trying to chase down some bit of data, that often enough is trivial in nature, but all the leads send me to a freaking paywall. Hey, I don't expect copies of textbooks, nor do I expect access to "trade secrets". There is plenty of stuff that the average person probably shouldn't have access to, unless he's willing to pay. But, FFS, I've run into paywalls when reading about psychology, chemical reactions, even HISTORY!

    How in hell does Academia and their suppliers corner the market on some trivial history fact, anyway? (BTW - don't even ask what I was searching for in particular. I've forgotten now. I only remember that I hit the pay wall, and exploded. I ranted to an empty room for a good 15 minutes, LMAO!)

The only possible interpretation of any research whatever in the `social sciences' is: some do, some don't. -- Ernest Rutherford