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Yesterday I picked the smallest file in the seed needed list to share due to personal disk space issues, but I noticed today that the list has been shrinking, which is a good thing, we can get it to clear!


Do you have a few dozen gigabytes of free diskspace and a machine that can seed it via #bittorrent?

You can help save an unbelievable trough of scientific knowledge from disappearing behind the elites' paywalls!

Spread the word and seed till you bleed – for the betterment of humanity!

Poster of the raven from the Sci-Hub logo perched atop the ruins of JSTOR, Elsevier and Springer tagged "To remove all barriers in the way of science!"
What liability comes with sharing one of these torrents? Are they copywritten? I'd be happy to share, but I don't need the hassle of a lawsuit just now, thanks.
Depends where you live or your sever is located.

Yes of course it's copyright material. That's the whole point!
@Brad Koehn ☑️ I believe the most probable consequence is a DMCA takedown notice if it ever happens. A full-fledged lawsuit seems unlikely but it always possible when skirting copyright laws. However even the self-admitted maintainer of SciHub hasn't been targeted with a full-on lawsuit yet (a DOJ investigation is under way), so as a partial seeder of this archive, I'm not too worried.
You should always use a VPN, no matter what you download Brad.
Then I'm afraid "sorry; no" will need to be my answer. If it was public domain stuff that people put behind a paywall just so they could charge for it, that's one thing.
Just for background info not to change your mind @Brad Koehn ☑️

These copyrighted documents are produced under highly dubious circumstances.

It involves free labour by the authors and reviewer who are trapped in employment conditions that forces them to participate in this.

In addition, a substantial amount of the documents made available there report on research that was publicly funded.
Profit margins of academic publishers are somewhere around 30-50%! Your average profit margins for a chain supermarket is about 3%.

If you want to read a single research article as a private citizen you might be asked to pay USD 45 to the publishers.

Some universities spend millions USD on annual journal subscription to provide access for their staff to material that was produced by them in collaboration with other peers whose own university libraries also have to pay up excessively.

Most universities outside the West, get lower tier --crappy-- subscription packages that in effect are useless...

Okay, I get down from my soapbox 😉
Fear is your enemy!
@Hypolite Petovan are you running this headless with aria2 or something like this?
I have no idea what you are talking about, I just added the torrent to my regular BitTorrent client on my laptop.
I see. That's clear now.

I asked about running this on a server with something like this
Interesting, I didn't know about it, thanks!
I think the moral issue is clear but legality has little to do with morality.
Yes, of course it's clear for academics, @Khurram Wadee
It's not that I don't think the copyright holders are in the right at all; but a lawsuit just now is not a thing I need. If you're willing to cover the cost of my legal defense and all liability, I'll happily host several terabytes.

Let me know.
Glad to have you onboard @Brad Koehn ☑️ Thanks for your support!