Going underground for scholarly content

Mar 5, 2009 by

Brian Scott Mathews over at The Ubiquitous Librarian made some very interesting looking into the underground market for academic materials via illegal file sharing sites like bit torrent. Apparently, his fictional research brought up big time reference titles like the CRC handbooks, the entire Referex engineering e-book collection, Harvard Business Cases, textbooks and tutti quanti.

Hey, does it matter where the students get it if they do use scholarly, quality sources? At least, they not Googling everything? Well, there’s the thorny, ginormous issue of copyright. I cannot condone students downloading illegaly but now, I cannot ignore it either.

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