Michael Zeltner on Wed, 20 Jul 2011 16:22:41 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> No JSTOR downloads or bicycle-helmet-masks for you

On 19 July 2011 20:18, Pranesh Prakash <pranesh@cis-india.org> wrote:
> http://goo.gl/SiGGj (PDF)

Unfortunately this is already offline.

> "In all, [Aaron] Swartz stole approximately 4.8 million articles, a
> major portion of the total archive in which JSTOR had invested...
> Swartz intended to distribute a significant portion of JSTOR's archive
> of digitized journal articles through one or more file-sharing sites"

He faces serious prison time and a hefty fine, which given his actions
and the seems rather draconian. Demand Progress has a website in
support of Aaron, outlining the situation:

>> The government contends that downloading so many journal articles
>> constitutes felony computer hacking and should be punished with
>> time in prison.  We disagree.
>> The charges are made all the more senseless by the fact that the
>> alleged victim has settled any claims against Aaron, explained
>> they've suffered no loss or damage, and asked the government not
>> to prosecute.

You can sign their petition here:



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