I would be interested in a discussion concerning (the ethics of) using sci-hub (http://sci-hub.cc/) to access pay-walled articles.
As you probably know, without subscription many papers cannot be accessed and fees are high. I'm in the quite fortunate situation that through my institution I have access to quite some journals, but I can imagine this is not the case for everyone. Especially in developing countries. I use sci-hub rather often for those papers I do not have access to, and have recommended the website on this forum at least twice.
I recognize that publishers need to have a way to get money in the bank, but I can't agree that publicly funded science, especially on human diseases, ends up behind a paywall so other scientists have to use their money from grants or other governmental money (and therefore the tax payer) to read the paper and enable scientific progression.
By the way, is there someone here with sufficient law-knowledge to tell us (probably depending on country of residence) whether accessing papers through sci-hub is illegal and whether one can get prosecuted for this?
I would love to hear your opinions!