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In the Shadow of the Gigapedia - The Analysis of Supply and Demand for the Biggest Pirate Library on Earth

@inproceedings{Bod2014InTS,
  title={In the Shadow of the Gigapedia - The Analysis of Supply and Demand for the Biggest Pirate Library on Earth},
  author={Bal{\'a}zs Bod{\'o}},
  year={2014}
}
This paper first reconstructs the growth of the biggest piratical online scientific text collection through an examination of changes in its catalogue over time, and evaluates how much of the catalogue is accessible through legal alternatives. Then, we discuss the demand for books on these sites, based on log data acquired from one of the mirrors of this shadow library. We take a look at what is being downloaded from the library and by whom. The third part connects the supply and demand… 
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Access, ethics, and piracy
TLDR
This article considers both the efficacy and ethics of piracy, placing ‘guerrilla open access’ within a longer history of piracy and access to knowledge and it is shown that piracy is an inevitable part of the intellectual landscape that can render the current intellectual property regime irrelevant.