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The Robin Hood dilemma: Is it ethical to use “unethical” means to achieve something good?

Aniruddha Malpani

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2020.051


Abstract

The website Sci-Hub (http://sci-hub.tw/) (1) offers access to medical and scientific research papers from all over the world to anyone ─ for free. So, what’s the catch? There isn’t one, except for the fact that this is an initiative by an enterprising hacker, Alexandra Asanovna Elbakyan, a Kazakhstani computer programmer, who has cracked the firewalls of the websites of medical publishers.

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