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  •  Swartz didn't give away HIS work, ... (1+ / 0-)
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    he made a LOT of money from it.  There's no telling how much he made from his work on Reddit and RSS, just to name two.  And he was certainly entitled to do so.

    "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

    by Neuroptimalian on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 05:27:15 PM PST

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    •  you need to read this: (8+ / 0-)

      how in the world you can portray Swartz as having done anything for money is beyond me. You clearly don't know what you're talking about.

      "Here is where we need a better sense of justice, and shame. For the outrageousness in this story is not just Aaron. It is also the absurdity of the prosecutor’s behavior. From the beginning, the government worked as hard as it could to characterize what Aaron did in the most extreme and absurd way. The “property” Aaron had “stolen,” we were told, was worth “millions of dollars” — with the hint, and then the suggestion, that his aim must have been to profit from his crime. But anyone who says that there is money to be made in a stash of ACADEMIC ARTICLES is either an idiot or a liar. It was clear what this was not, yet our government continued to push as if it had caught the 9/11 terrorists red-handed.

      Aaron had literally done nothing in his life “to make money.” He was fortunate Reddit turned out as it did, but from his work building the RSS standard, to his work architecting Creative Commons, to his work liberating public records, to his work building a free public library, to his work supporting Change Congress/FixCongressFirst/Rootstrikers, and then Demand Progress, Aaron was always and only working for (at least his conception of) the public good. "

    •  also, it turns out that most agree he didn't (5+ / 0-)

      even commit a crime.

      Just Bob's comment above starts to explain why:

      but, there are also records of the "expert witnesses" in the case that said he didn't commit any crimes because all the info he released was actually public info. He was just removing the barrier to access.

    •  lastly, please remember that he was never (3+ / 0-)
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      found guilty of a crime. he is innocent until proven guilty.

      so the government doesn't have the right to torment him.

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