maybe combat the knowledge trolls with a library?
I deeply object to fact that most scientific papers are paywalled.
Invariably they are publicly or charitably funded, to some extent, and therefore should return that investment by being publicly available.
The idea that the public purse should then finance maybe 150 years of free policing and prosecution, to support a few immensely rich knowledge trolls, is absurd.
For that is the deal with regard to copyright. For comparison, patent rights extend for only 17-20 years and do not provide either policing or prosecution.
Copyright is way too generous, especially since being extended to 70 years after the death of the author - a massive windfall, or land-grab if you prefer...
The only benefit to the public of this immense free deal, is that there are lending-library provisions and that the material will ...eventually... become public domain.
### So, could the aims of Zlibrary be met, entirely legally, by using these lending-library provisions? ###
I wouldn't mind, if in order to meet these provisions, it had to be through a pesky online PDF viewer. It would be nice if it allowed screenshots, and/or hyperlinks. It is the difference between listening to a track on youtube, and downloading an MP3.
This should be applicable to scientific papers and books alike.
Do Reg readers have a better-informed opinion on whether this might be possible?
Further comments/opinions would be welcomed.
PS: I'm aware of Unpaywall, which is great, but only works for open documents. Similarly, there is annas-archive.org, the few links i tried didn't work - but given it is serving PDF files, it will always be subject to shutdowns.