Apologies for my brevity being a cause of so much ill feeling on the
Academic publishers rightly charge fees for their copy, after all, we
don't see journals given out free at newsstands. Furthermore, personally
I'm a keen believer in the law of copyright where wide distribution is
concerned. If an abstract raises interest, then it's not beyond the wit
of man to obtain a copy.
I sing bass in a church choir and every music sheet has words to the
effect that 'photocopying is forbidden.' Where would we be if every
choir only purchased one copy of a piece of music?