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View Diary: Aaron Swartz Was Going Home With a Slap On The Wrist. Then The Feds Got Involved (274 comments)

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  •  I think the term (1+ / 0-)
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    to cast with such broad brush strokes.  In the context you use it it sounds like you're talking about site-defacing script kiddies or people doing espionage.  Let's not forget however that what Swartz was accused of in this case was downloading scientific research.  Something that a large chunk of the scientific community thinks should be free to begin with.  He wasn't defacing websites or giving government secrets to the Chinese, he was doing something that while unarguably illegal was arguably just.  Heck, it's not even certain that he was planning to release them on P2P as was alleged.  It's quite possible that he simply wanted them downloaded to have his own personal library (I've done stuff like that before).  Given that he had full legal access to JSTOR...

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