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Did ResearchGate Take Your Article Down?

When publishers find a copyright violation on a website and also want to enforce their intellectual property rights, they sometimes send copyright violation notifications to website owners. If the website owners do not have permission or rights and do not take the content down, they could face legal fees for the violations. That’s what recently happened at ResearchGate (RG)—a widely used academic social networking site. Two large, for-profit publishing companies (Elsevier and ACS) sent a pile of copyright takedown notices to ResearchGate.