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The Twitter hashtag #ICanHazPDF has been popular among academics as a method for peer-to-peer exchange of pay-walled articles. Some people call this practice "piracy", and it could be illegal depending on the publisher policies.

Apparently, many users use it with real names and real profile pictures.

What are real risks to academic reputation and career of people by publicly requesting pay-walled articles?

I'm looking for an objective assessment.

1 Answer 1

Probably very little unless they're very pro-copyright or lawsuits start to happen. In the former case, they'd look hypocritical. In the latter, a University might be less likely to hire the academic to protect themselves from future liability issues.