Academic publishing is structured on exclusivity, and to read them people must shell out an average of $19 per article.
On July 19, 2011, Aaron Swartz, a computer programmer and activist, was arrested for downloading 4.8 million academic articles. The articles constituted nearly the entire catalogue of JSTOR, a scholarly research database. Universities that want to use JSTOR are charged as much as $50,000 in annual subscription fees. (...) - Aljazeera by Sarah Kendzior, 02 Oct 2012