“The consensus seems to be that a lawsuit isn’t going to stop Sci-Hub, it’s more than likely here to stay.
Some in the publishing industry have even suggested that the sector needs to be introspective and acknowledge that it has failed to provide fair access to researchers.
What is clear is how much power the publishing industry that services the academic world appears to have.
Two activists who have challenged that power have met with the full force of the law. One forced into suicide and the other into hiding, fearing being kidnapped for extradition.
In a time of #FeesMustFall perhaps we as South Africans should be paying more attention to this global battle.”