JSTOR is a media platform on which people are able to access thousands of professional articles, journals and books, which would otherwise be protected by copyright laws. Anyone can gain access to these published works simply by buying a JPASS which you can get a yearly pass ($199/year) or a monthly pass ($19.50/month).
Once you have purchased your pass, you have the option of reading the work online or downloading it in a PDF. However, you have to agree to the ‘Terms and Conditions‘ which state that you cannot distribute the pages nor print out the entire book/journal.
Personally, I feel that JSTOR is a very good initiative. By allowing schools, universities and individuals access, everyone is able to obtain professional and reliable resources in order to further their studies or research. I often use JSTOR because it is a non-profit organisation and is there purely to help people and encourage reading. Although many people use it for these purposes, if there were fewer restrictions under the Creative Commons licence, people would be able to pass the authors’ work, ideas and opinions as their own and they would not receive all the recognition they deserve.
Although it might seem stingy to ask people to pay in order to access these books, many people would take advantage of this free service and as a result, people such as the authors would suffer the consequences.