Another documented case by Dr Ross Mounce.
[Update 2015-03-13: I have blogged further about this here and provided a recap here.
This post has been viewed over 10,000 times. Clearly some people want
to sweep this under the carpet and pretend this is just ‘a storm in a
teacup’ but it did happen and people do care about this. Thanks to
everyone who spread the word.]
Today, Elsevier (RELX Group) illegally sold me a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives licensed article:
Colson, P. et al. HIV infection en route to endogenization: two cases. Clin Microbiol Infect 20, 1280-1288 (2014).
I’m really not happy about it. I don’t think the research funders will be happy about it either. Especially not the authors (who are the copyright holders here).
Below is a screenshot of how the content was illegally on offer for sale, for $31.50 + tax.
To investigate if it really was on sale. I decided to make a test purchase. Just to be absolutely sure. Why not? The abstract looked interesting. The abstract was all I was allowed to read. I wanted to know more.
Below is the email receipt I received confirming my purchase of the content. I have crudely redacted my postal address but it’s otherwise unaltered:
So what’s the problem here?