Elsevier success shows "research is corporate asset," says scholarly publishing expert

June 30, 2017

Elsevier’s successful lawsuit against sites such as Sci-Hub, the Library of Genesis, and others sends a message that publicly funded research has become a “corporate asset and private property,” according to scholarly publishing expert and Public Knowledge Project founder John Willinsky. The websites reportedly provided unlawful access to millions of journal articles, and Elsevier's lawyers have said that the defendants’ “unlawful activities have caused and will continue to cause irreparable injury to Elsevier.” Willinsky further said that although Sci-Hub had committed a property crime, he believed that the academic community would view lack of access to journal articles as a greater concern than Elsevier's financial losses. Times Higher Education