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Conservatives Should Take the Lead Against Government Injustice

ReddestNeck Wrote: Feb 10, 2013 10:01 PM
Saith Wikipedia: The New York Times wrote of the case: “A respected Harvard researcher who also is an Internet folk hero has been arrested in Boston on charges related to computer hacking, which are based on allegations that he downloaded articles that he was entitled to get free.”[68] It doesn't even look like a copyright case, which can bring dire criminal sanctions if bad enough. It looks like allegations of abuse of JSTOR's facilities violating the spirit if not the letter of its user agreement; I don't even know if it bogged down their internet or their server adversely impacting other users. It looks very close to a no harm no foul situation from here. The world's gone insane.
FlamingLiberalMultiCulturalist Wrote: Feb 10, 2013 10:09 PM
If the people who persecuted Aaron Swartz lived in colonial times they probably would've been the ones lighting up the fires under all the "witches". The Internet is one of the popular "WitchCrafts" of our age.
ReddestNeck Wrote: Feb 10, 2013 11:41 PM
It looks like he wrote a script that imitated a web browser making requests to JSTOR's web service that dishes out these documents for free. His script methodically requested all the documents one by one. For having a computer do it, rather than a human sitting at a web browser, he got in this kind of dutch.
FlamingLiberalMultiCulturalist Wrote: Feb 11, 2013 7:46 AM
Maybe JSTOR expected little or no traffic at their site. Maybe Swartz could've put a more diplomatic sleep time between document requests. But these are issues of possibly bad software design, not criminality.

If you think a twenty-something ought to be tossed in federal prison for 35 years because he tried to download some musty academic journal articles without permission, you are a lot things, but a conservative is not one of them.

You might be relieved to know that Aaron Swartz, one of the internet geniuses behind RSS and Reddit.com, will not be imprisoned for a third of a century. Unfortunately, that’s because the fragile young man hanged himself after the United States attorney prosecuting the case generously offered him the alternative of pleading guilty to a felony, paying a crippling fine...