was just indicted for stealing 4M docs from MIT and JSTOR.
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- Having skimmed the indictment, it certainly does look interesting.Jul 19, 2011
- While I can applaud the desire to "free" data from JSTOR, his methods are clearly illegal, especially the unlawful entry to MIT's data facilities. It's not like when some of us scraped the British Royal Society via a public website.
This won't take JSTOR down. What it will do is cost Aaron a lot of money, and once again give the copyright mafia another chance to crow about how evil copyright pirates are.Jul 19, 2011
- Jul 19, 2011
- The DP statement makes it sound like the data was used in an academic analysis of paper funding sources. This should be... interesting.Jul 19, 2011
- I smell a WiKiLeaks connection some where in all this. The Opensource concept sounds great on the surface, but not everything is open to all.
My guess: He was trying to liberate something that someone said wasn't there.
His Risk: How can I be guilty of stealing something they said they didn't have.
The Settlement; We'll drop all the criminal charges if you stay quiet. If not, you'll be in jail and we'll just keep lying about it.
The Usual setup.Jul 19, 2011
- Did you guys read this article: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110719/13282015167/feds-charge-aaron-swartz-with-felony-hacking-downloading-ton-academic-research.shtml Most likely a totally bogus chargeJul 19, 2011