[pp.int.general] Fwd: [FC-discuss] Fwd: Urgent -- Aaron was just arrested
ray.jenson at gmail.com
Fri Jul 22 04:02:04 CEST 2011
Looks like your arXiv.org buddies would not have liked Swartz either.
2011/7/20 Jyri Hämäläinen <Wildfinn at gmail.com>
> The rest of the world is moving away for paywalled science... while in
> America people get arrested for spreading information.
> Luckily everything I have ever cited can also be found in the awesome
> archive that is http://arxiv.org/
> Its one of the best projects Internet has ever seen.
> 2011/7/20 Pat Maechler aka Valio <pirate at valio.ch>
>> A US student is arrested for downloading too many journal articles?
>> This makes no sense at all...
>> I'm flabbergasted.
>> Are we already there or is this one made up?
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>> Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2011 15:05:52 -0400
>> Subject: [FC-discuss] Fwd: Urgent -- Aaron was just arrested
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>> From: David Segal, DemandProgress.org <info at demandprogress.org>
>> Date: Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 2:49 PM
>> Subject: Urgent -- Aaron was just arrested
>> To: Thomas Levine <thomas.levine at gmail.com>
>> Shocking news: *Moments ago former Demand Progress Executive Director
>> Aaron Swartz was indicted by the US government.* As best as we can tell,
>> he is being charged with allegedly downloading too many journal articles
>> from the Web. The government contends that downloading so many journal
>> articles constitutes felony computer hacking and should be punished with
>> time in prison. We disagree.
>> *Will you click here to sign our petition of support for Aaron?<http://act.demandprogress.org/go/237?akid=767.475962.GEZUG-&t=1>
>> 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.
>> James Jacobs, the Government Documents Librarian at Stanford University --
>> where Aaron did undergraduate work -- denounced the arrest: "Aaron's
>> prosecution undermines academic inquiry and democratic principles," Jacobs
>> said. "It's incredible that the government would try to lock someone up for
>> allegedly looking up articles at a library."
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