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Stupid delusional idiots hacking a website to pay tribute to a fellow criminal and now dead guy? I was going to avoid "Trolling" a dead person but Anonymous had to do something this stupid and childish so I will do something equally stupid and childish to them. Bunch of useless prats.
och my boy..
god bless you..
for your rest.
+Behzad Varaminian Copying isn't theft. He cofounded Reddit and a number of other important social media services, and moreover he has worked on Internet standards while he was still a teenager. Instead of parroting copyright maximalist propaganda, why don't you try having some respect for the deceased?

Calling him Robin Hood isn't even accurate: Robin Hood was physically stealing, whereas Swartz was copying (which he was allowed to do, just in limited quantity). Moreover, the public has already paid for much (probably the great majority) of what JSTOR was archiving, so why shouldn't they have access to it?!
+Barbara Tillman. Unless you've been affected by depression you might not understand it. Killing yourself is never the right thing to do however calling names implies a lack of understanding about a complex and sad disease that affects one in ten in the US. It's more than likely some of your friends are struggling with depression right now. 
Thank you Anonymous, once again. RIP Aaron Swartz and sincere condolences to his family.
Perfect place to leave the lasting message!
Rob Foxx
+Barbara Tillman Was he as much of a coward as someone who uses the internet to pass judgement on someone they never knew?... like yourself, for instance?
The government killed him and made it look like suicide.
If no one questions institutes of authority and control., then we stand an overwhelming chance of becoming cattle. Aaron was a pioneer and his death a sad loss.  R.I.P. Aaron Swartz
We're already cattle, some of us just don't know it, others feel powerless to do anything about it.
RIP Aaron <3 You will be remembered, and if they forget. WE WILL REMIND THEM! 
I see that Barbara Tillman's ill conceived comment has been deleted and can only wonder who did it, or why... But judging by the backlash commentary, I can only guess at the level of its insensitivity... RIP Aaron & well said Anonymous. 
I thought the message by Anon was thoughtful and correct. Also we really should start considering the effect on human life of these prosecutions. Its like some institutions have gone mad and are willing to destroy a human life over an information set which is really just a snap-shot in time and not some kind of religious canon. Science is a process and these papers are just reports on it.

Also in a final insult MIT has made much of JSTOR accessible to the public. I think MIT needs to take a humility pill.
I am guilty of publishing publicly-funded scientific research behind a paywall. I am sorry, it will never happen again. RIP Aaron
+David Washington MIT had been working on plans to make large portions of JSTOR public before Aaron did his thing. Only, he hadn't been clued in on the plans (since it was really none of his business). If only he had the patience and foresight of someone older and more experienced in the politics of academia, he wouldn't have felt the need to do what he did, which of course led to the situation that drove him to permanently log out. 

Does it really matter if they had plans of making the JSTOR public? Does it in ANY way makes the prosecutors decision to try to land him in jail for 30 years in ANY way justified?

Yea, he might have done things in a ham handed way but that information was public in the first place, just not easy to get.

Accusing him of theft was just a low blow and felt more like someone saw a way to make a career move.
+Niklas Dahlgren I'm not making any commentary on the judicial issue. I was only observing that his timing was unfortunate, because ultimately his acts regarding JSTOR had been unnecessary (unbeknownst to him when he carried them out). I make no observations or postulations beyond this.

If he had just been a little less eager to make a point and a little more patient, he'd still be alive. That's all. 
+Michael Nachtigal why pardon Aaron when he has done nothing wrong? There should be a petition urging action against those who led him to suicide and I will be happily signing that.
Long live free internet, RIP Aaron.
+JD Erickson Its ok, I am Buddhist so I am fairly sure he will respawn in a realm with a higher level of network integration ;)

I guess the main issue is this idea of "making an example" of someone. It really objectifies people and I think defies the spirit of due process. I can't imagine what I would have done if I had this huge pile of legal hell dumped on me in my 20's. Now, I would throw all kinds of fun complexes back at it, but I can't blame him for not knowing better. In my view this is bullying.

I admit MIT has been fairly good about sharing information, the Open CourseWare project has been a benefit to me personally.

However that makes this prosecution even more perplexing imo.
Big up tot Anonymous! Well done. MIT contributed to taking out a brilliant mind. Shame on MIT!
This is very sad. Sorry to get on my soap box here, but David Washington is right. How is it okay that an organisation - which doesn't have to eat, sleep, cope with emotional stress and can leave its body (i.e. someone can leave an organisation, but you're stuck as you) can legally bully an individual who can't do any of those things? It's wrong.
Good on them keep fighting all of the anonymous u make the world better and those who oppose freedom scared
Chris B
Please Michael Nachitigal can you start a international petition to send to your government? 
+Behzad Varaminian You call the action "stealing", Is't it ironic, that the action is against an organization that has the mission to spread the knowledge. Not to mention they have the same plans. I call that "correction"...
Someone has been playing Assassin's Creed too much...
deppression is an illness. . . . . . R.I.P
MIT and JSTOR are not the ones responsible for his suicide, its the U.S justice department that insisted on prosecuting Aaron, NOT MIT! Infact MIT asked for the government not to press charges and that the matter had already been resolved. So why is Anonymous hacking MIT? Stupid.
you fart the wrong way and the U.S government will give you 35 years behind bars! No wonder he killed himself. Maybe the government will learn something from this. We should be spending more time attacking anonymous and less time attacking advocates of free speech like Aaron. What about violent criminals running around America shooting everyone? What about that? This is where we put our resources? Our legal system is flawed beyond repair.
+Daniel Imbellino Because MIT are guilty, in the eyes of Anonymous, of causing the chain reaction that led to Aaron's death. And it's not like Anonymous would put themselves at risk by hacking a government site.
+Rob Foxx Bull Crap! What Aaron did was wrong! He stole millions of articles that did not belong to him, and he had no right to do so. Its the same as someone breaking into my home and accessing my possessions without my consent! I would be infuriated! Nonetheless, MIT insisted he turn over the stolen documents and that was that. MIT again insisted on not pressing charges. That was the governments doing, not theirs! "Anonymous would put them self at risk by hacking a government site?" Good, they are just as big a hemorrhoid as the U.S government as far as I'm concerned. Anonymous does nothing but cause headaches for defenseless people. Hacking credit card companies and transferring money from innocent peoples accounts, and all the while telling us what to do. Anonymous is not my f'ing mother!
To me this man was a hero cos what happens behind closed door can affect every 1
I think Aaron was a good person, but he made some obvious bad choices. Stealing does not show integrity in my book, and thats exactly what he did.
Nav Gi
Aaron Swartz was believer of spreading free knowledge. Public funded research paper should always be available free of charge which even British government also tried to impose on British Universities. Why do publisher charge $40 bucks each time you download a research paper? Aaron Swartz will always inspired people like us to live for a cause which is in the public interest. Also, Government justice system is so stupid that a rapist has only 3 yr max term while a hacker or Internet activist has 30 + yr term. 
+Nav Girdhar  Agreed, we have a seriously flawed legal system. Nonetheless, publishers have the right to charge for their content, why? Because they own it! Saying that people should be forced to give their information away for free is like telling people to hand over all their possessions for free to people they do not know. Know one should have the right to tell others what to do with their property, period!
Gosh Anonymous! All about the 'truth'?
What's your name?

+Daniel Imbellino Woah, easy up there with the strong words. I'm not saying I agree with anything that went on - all I was doing was giving my hypothesis for why Anonymous has taken the action they did in answer to your question "So why is Anonymous hacking MIT?"

Do we have an understanding this time?
'His name was Aaron Swartz!'
'His name was Aaron Swartz!'
'His name was Aaron Swartz!'
'His name was Aaron Swartz!'
+Philip Rowney 
'Head-on apply directly to the forehead!'
'Head-on apply directly to the forehead!'
'Head-on apply directly to the forehead!'
How was he a fighter if he gave up and killed himself?
+Daniel Imbellino it's not about forcing people to give anything away. Copyright has an expiration date for a reason. It's when after this has taken place someone else buys the rights to reissue copyright protection and continues to prevent the sharing of the information. In other words those who have the money can prevent you from getting access to information. Even if the original author wanted to give it to you. The free Internet is a way to share information with the world, and for free. It should always be free. That is what the fight is about. 
Despite the loss of a brilliant mind to a sad psychological disease, as well as the post-death criticism seen here, I am glad to hear read that some people can voice their arguments in a polite and well-educated way, one of the first steps for the debate of ideas, and also that researchers have been touched by Aaron's actions to the point of openly and freely circulating their research papers and findings.

The internet is a powerful tool, born of innocence and hope for a better world: it empowers both good people and bad people, to use it for good, evil or personal, selfish gain and does so without passing judgment.
They couldn't hack a government website so they did this on MIT's site?  Lame.
Aaron Swartz wasn't right to take the information he took.  He deserved punishment.  Aaron's suicide should be looked at as the mental problem it was.  Anonymous are not heroes. They have no moral authority.  They are exploiting the death of a smart kid to further their campaign of DDoS BS against targets that they have declared need to be punished.  Seems like their message about the prosecutor's use of "highly-questionable justice of pre-trial bargaining" is just a case of the pot calling the kettle black.  Anonymous are cowards.  Expect them to hide in the shadows.  We are lemurs.  
Chris G
Good job Anonymous
So you claim he didn't connect his computer to the MIT network and take all these documents?  He didn't intend on distributing these documents through P2P?  I get that he didn't like the private arrangement between the school and the JSTOR, but the information wasn't his to take.
If I get this right, some of the greatest of our minds are at the most advanced colleges writing papers, those papers are then collected and we are charged a fee to access them with that fee going to the colleges or whomever publishes the papers with nothing going back to the author. 

To me there are two points: 1. Fairness to the author for their intellectual property rights - does your company/college/etc have rights to academic work?  2. It seems to me the real issue is that these people's genius belong to all of us and not just those of us who can afford it.

I am left in wonder and amazement at the shrewd beautiful horror of this matrix.  

My condolences to the Swartz family and friends.
It also wasnt MIT and JSTOR to keep since we "the public" fund these types of research thru our tax dollars. They are now releasing all of those documents to the public..
this is so messed up. i'd hate to call for more laws but we clearly need to rein in these overly aggressive prosecutions. i can only imagine all the threats they were throwing his way. whoever u are, prosecutor, good luck trying to suck the blood out of a dead guy. 
Ryan Ng
There should be a better way to express one's opinions online, even if the US has no justice.
I wish he would have held on through this. Kevin Mitnik spent years in jail  and came out of it a better man. So frustrating.
+Roland Bechtel I agree. It is like he didnt even try to fight it, just gave up. He did commit a criminal act, and perhaps the penalty may have been to harsh, but he wasnt even convicted yet, nor was there any actually penalty laid down yet. It was all maybes and mights, he could have been found "not guilty" after all and walked away a free man, but it seems he didnt even deem it worth fighting for. And that, IMO, is the most tragic part.
I had never heard of Aaron or his work until this post, I believe in what he fights for and if more people can voice their opinions on freedom of information, then perhaps one day soon it may happen!
In the meantime, this is a great loss for the cause and his family and friends. Hopefully someone can continue his work and free the world of it's restrictions on information that should be shared for the sake of a better world for ALL! 
Laws sometimes protect things that to the common sense seem contradictory to the law and to justice. The democratisation of publicly funded information sounds good apppatently unless it cuts into somebody's profiting off a loophole in the law allowing them to own that publicly funded research and information. Overly fervent legal prosecutors looking for the limelight shouldn't play games that lead to people taking their own lives, particularly for something like this- a victimless 'crime'. It's just a tragic waste of our best and brightest. 
Requiescat in pace? The fuck is this, assassin's creed? Just proves that most of anonymous are just 13 year olds with angst. "hurr hurr we r leejun"
Maybe he did not kill himself, but it was staged by the real Murder?
well ,dnt knw if it staged or not ,but maybe we shd focus on wat he was fighting for ,am sure wherever he was ,he'd want us to do dat
"Beware of he who would deny you access to information, for in his heart he dreams himself your master."

To all those (+Daniel Imbellino, +George Rapko) claiming that what Aaron did was taking or stealing, you have no idea what you're talking about. He did not take anything; he copied information. You can discuss whether or not he did anything wrong with respect to how he connected to the network, whose physical network equipment he used, etc. You can argue he didn't have a right to be where he was physically, but he (and everyone else) had every right to the information and knowledge he sought.
+Faiz Ahmed Faiz You're assuming that because the Justice Department was after him that he did something wrong (as opposed to illegal or subvertive). The Justice Department, coincidentally, probably was the greatest factor contributing to his decision to kill himself, so maybe you should sign that petition after all.
Julian Assange did the same thing , and found himself as a rapist .
Who is a rebel or a patriot depends on what side you are on
There is nothing cowardly about suicide as a result of clinical depression. It is an illness, I have been there and suffered from it in the past and had suicidal thoughts and it is despair, dread, feeling worthless and self loathing. A mind that will not rest and killing yourself seems the only way to stop the torment. Cowardly is blowing yourself up with explosives in order to kill others.
God damn I just found out he died yesterday, today I find out he died on my Bday FFFFFUUUUUUU
+Casey Duckworth What the hell is "internet theft"? You have no idea what you're talking about and just want to be offensive. Go ahead, keep attacking the deceased, because that's so much less cowardly than what Aaron Swartz did.
What +Christopher Duncan said. +100. And +Casey Duckworth , watch yourself fucknut! We enjoy taking people like you to school! Your words are that of idiot. Perhaps the US government has a job for you. And if you were in my presence right now I would have my hands around your throat! You are a fraction the person Aaron was... We are anonymous... and there is a fuckload more of us than your little brain can comprehend. LEGION motherfucker! Do you speak it!?
Anonamous are in my opinion the greatest people on the internet... With this act there paying respect to a fallen comrad this is the epitome of public reverence
Depression is a very serious illness, and the few times that I have been depressed well I just smoke a joint and I always feel better, try it, it works for me
+Ace S It's Latin, from the burial service of the Catholic church. Requiescat In Pace...RIP... get it?
"man with a good name never dies; dead are those who are not remembered with a good name", #Saadi Shirazi.
The government covers shit up all the time thay say it's 2 protect us but in the end the truth will win
Guy was a criminal.  This ridiculous spin doesn't change anything.
I am pretty annoyed at the role of MIT and the journal archives such as JSTOR . However , even though I am totally against this bullying by US justice system , and also understand that most of the works in JSTOR is publicly funded ; can't we argue its the researches effort along with the public funding that made all of the research possible in the first place. So isn't it wrong just to discredit the role played by the researchers ; I mean they also have spend time and effort in making our knowledge rich .
+Motiur Rahman No one is downplaying the societal role of researchers, but we need to reconsider whether, especially in the case of publicly-funded work, whether or not they are entitled to a monopoly on their findings. Keep in mind, also, that publishers very rarely pay researchers. Even when researchers are pressured to relinquish copyright, they receive nothing in return from the publisher in most cases. Academic publishers are using antiquated publishing models, and the publishers get almost everything for almost nothing. It's really terrible, and people like Aaron Swartz seek to change it.
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