The open letter “In Solidarity with Library Genesis and Sci-Hub” was the first text that we read as an introduction to shadow libraries. To be- gin with, we were interested in the people involved in writing this letter.
MARCELL The writing was a truly collective process. Maybe, all together there were six of us and then the rest signed it. We were using textb.org. A proj- ect by Jan Gerber, a programmer and thinker, who is a comrade and partner in crime with Sebastian Lütgert in many projects. We used that, instead
of a regular etherpad. You don’t see who’s there, and there is no history. It’s very hard to say who wrote what. It was also the time when Laurence Liang was in Lüneburg, where he was a fellow
and I was a PhD student, just after we did “Terms of Media” at Brown University. Academic topics have a certain kind of attention, and when it peaks, people just move to another one, like a fashion. At the time of the custodians.online letter, that topic was in its peak, and we learned about the court case sometime during the summer. We decided to start with some actions against, even if the court case was not finished. In the end, the decision was that Science Hub and Library Genesis should pay around 15 million. At the time of this letter, they started to track the name registrars of the hosting websites. That’s when we realized what was hap- pening. There was also a time when Sean Dockray, (the founder of aaaaarg) and I got sued. I tried to help by taking the domain under my name, so that Sean could get out of the project, because he was