Full disclosure: I used to work for JSTOR, a non-profit company that archives and provides online access to academic journals.
Recently one of the co-founders of Reddit was indicted for some sort of computer crime that involved downloading millions of academic articles from the JSTOR archive. Trespassing or breaking into a closet or some other property crime may have been involved, and "data theft" was the big one that all the internets are talking about now.
After this indictment occurred, a person going by the name Greg Maxwell released a torrent of approximately 32 Gigs worth of the JSTOR archive. With the release was a manifesto of sorts, indicating discontent with the academic publishing industry and lots of general rage.
"Instead the articles are available at $19 each–for one month's viewing, by one person, on one computer. It's a steal. From you."
That's complete nonsense. JSTOR can be accessed from libraries and universities all over the place. Chances are if you have a library card you can legally and freely search the JSTOR archive and download non-DRM encumbered pdfs of any article.
I think the copyright problem is a different problem and lies with the publishers, not with JSTOR. They're a non-profit organization doing the hard work of digitizing, organizing, archiving and adding features like reference linking to these journals as well as making them available to the public. That access should cost money, but it should be paid for by organizations like libraries and governments to make this knowledge available.
If these people are pissed off about not having access to academic journals, they need to take that up with the governments that cut funding from libraries and stop attacking JSTOR with these kind of releases.