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20th July 2011, 22:22
I received this from the Swartz group

This is about taking article from JSTOR academic jounal in MIT and wanting to share the files. Swartz in accused of theft and is on 100,000$ bail right now.

They are asking to those approving information and knowledge sharing to give a hand by sending e-mail to the autorities or signing a petition. Here is the article and a link to wikipedia explaining who Swartz is and the case.

JSORT has decided not to press charges and Swartz is still prosecuted.

Although I am torn between letting knowledge and information free and having authors right respected (having myself written few thing for which I was not paid and that was to be use for my work, paid once presented and therefore lost revenues), I still thought there is two sides to it.

So for those thinking sharing should be free or at least made easy, here the case.

It's been a crazy 24 hours. Former Demand Progress executive director Aaron Swartz was arrested yesterday for allegedly downloading academic research articles from JSTOR.
More than 35,000 people have already signed a letter of support for Aaron. Will you join them by clicking here?
The mainstream coverage of the arrest has turned in Aaron's favor -- and the outpouring of support for him is a key part of the story. Here's a sampling of the coverage:

BOSTON GLOBE: By yesterday afternoon, however, Swartz had received an outpouring of support from colleagues and friends who took to blogs and websites to defend his work and maintain that the charges against him are heavy-handed. More than 15,000 people had signed a letter of support for Swartz on the website Demand Progress.org
HUFFINGTON POST: JSTOR's the one that should be in prison, man, for locking up knowledge.

NEW YORK TIMES: 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.

AMERICAN PROSPECT: It's easy to forget that there's something at all controversial or oppositional about accessing information, or that some people really, really want data to be free -- and others don't. Open data has been mainstreamed. Whatever hacker-culture roots the free information movement might have are subsumed by the idea that simply everyone agrees that data is meant to be free, and the struggle is over the mechanics of freeing it. That's never really been true, as Swartz's case makes plain.

BOSTON GLOBE: [Attorney Jerry] Cohen said the use of criminal charges here is the latest in what has been a government trend to prosecute such cases, which he described as taking a sledgehammer to drive a thumb tack.' 'It might be taking too big a weapon, he said. Its intended to terrorize the person whos indicted and others who might be thinking of the same thing.'
As the case proceeds, we remain hopeful that Aaron will be cleared of any wrongdoing -- and as has been proved over the last 24 hours, the more people learn about the case, the more sympathetic they become to Aaron's cause.
Please show your support for Aaron by clicking here to sign our petition -- it will only take a second.

Thanks so much for your support as we navigate these choppy waters.
-- The Demand Progress team
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Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Swartz

petition: More than 35,000 people have already signed a letter of support for Aaron. Will you join them by clicking here?

21st July 2011, 01:54
Anybody interested in the free sharing of all information, or in discussing should or shouldn't we have everything created/discovered by anyone shared free?