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MetaFilter callout by Randall Munroe

The xkcd author mentions an old AskMe in this week's What If?
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Mar 17, 2015 - 57 comments

This isn't Pirate Bay

Blasdelb, Metafilter is not an academic institution or a lending library. We don't get to use the site to redistribute copyrighted works like journal articles in threads about science, or MP3s in music threads, etc. People in academia can already access the articles in question, who can understand those articles enough to add to the thread, and more than likely we do not need proxy access through your library, as impressed as we all are by your library card. What you're doing is illegal, but more to the point, it helps publishing houses justify onerous terms to libraries I use for my research, which aggravates me to no end when I can't get access to articles related to my work. What you are doing sucks, so please knock it off. Thanks.
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Aug 19, 2013 - 382 comments

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