[Buddha-l] Internet activist Aaron Swartz commits suicide Re Library.nu
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Mon Jan 14 09:07:52 MST 2013
This link now doesn't work either: "but JSTOR's statement is still available
here http://tinyurl.com/18r ."
Interesting that these Jstor links disappeared rapidly. Today some news are
saying that MIT launched the prosecutor. His parents publicly accused the
prosecutor and MIT or excessive unwarranted zeal. MIT is now doing an
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This smells like anticipated damage control. It is not clear who was behind
the increasing number of charges. JSTOR had dropped the charges.
BTW the link "JSTOR was not the entity pressing charges" in this article has
disappeared (Our Apologies... We Can't Find The Page You Are Looking For),
but JSTOR's statement is still available here.
"The criminal investigation and today's indictment of Mr. Swartz has been
directed by the United States Attorney's Office. It was the government's
decision whether to prosecute, not JSTOR's. As noted previously, our
interest was in securing the content. Once this was achieved, we had no
interest in this becoming an ongoing legal matter."
By making the content publicly available for free before the upcoming
process, JSTOR seemed to want to come out of it clean. Perhaps Pontius
Pilatus/JSTOR motivations were clean from the start, or perhaps it launched
the Attorney Office, and then withdrew, thus having its cake and eating it.
What is the anonymous power behind the US Attorney's Office's zeal? A case
of setting an example no doubt, but who exactly wants to set an example? Is
it the will of the US public to have knowledge protected by paywalls? Julian
Assange must be following this with interest...
commits-suicide/ "News of Swartz's suicide came only days after Jstor
announced this week that it would make more than 4.5 million articles"
publicly available for free."
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