|Academic publisher Elsevier requires assistance from CloudFlare in the ongoing copyright infringement lawsuit against such “pirate” websites as Libgen, Sci-Hub, and Bookfi. Elsevier wants to get a subpoena against CloudFlare in order to expose the personal details of the sites' operators.
Elsevier is known as one of the largest academic publishers ever, controlling access to millions of scientific articles through its ScienceDirect portal. However, not all academics are happy with such restrictions that effectively hamper their work. As a result, many researchers turn to “pirate” sources like Sci-Hub, Libgen and Bookfi to access articles for free.
Of course, the publisher doesn’t like this way of things and considers these websites as a major threat to its business model. Back in 2015, Elsevier filed a court complaint, accusing the sites’ owners of copyright infringement. In result, the company managed to obtain a preliminary injunction to seize their domain names. This turned out not very useful, so the case is still ongoing, while the pirate sites continue to operate from new domains.
There were media reports about Sci-Hub and its operator Alexandra Elbakyan, but it is still unknown who’s behind the other two services. This is what Elsevier hopes to find out with help from CloudFlare, submitting a motion for leave to take discovery in order to be able to request logs and other personally identifiable data about the operators of the sites that previously used CloudFlare’s CDN services. The publisher previously tried to obtain the host IP addresses of the websites through the “Trusted Reporter” program, but CloudFlare refused to share the info of the sites that are no longer active on its network.
Aside from requesting info from CloudFlare, Elsevier also contacted Whois Privacy Corp. – the domain registration anonymization service used by the infringing sites. However, Whois hasn’t responded to th?se requests. This is why a court-ordered discovery subpoena is now the only option to identify the defendants.
Taking into account that neither Libgen not Bookfi are currently using CloudFlare’s services, it is not clear whether it still stores their old IP-addresses and other info.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
|That must be why its the information age they think they can control it like always. Stop living in the past. Information needs to be shared to further the benefit to the peeps.|
But thats not PC is it?
|I want a lot of things also but none of them asking others to do dirty work. The situation of Elsevier controlling academic papers doesn't get much dirtier||
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