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Honore de Balzac
08:49 PM on 01/14/2013
It's important to tell the truth. The PACER and JSTOR incidents involved unauthorized access to for-pay material, with the intent to share it on P2P sites.

Apparently he attached an unauthorized notebook to a private network at MIT to do the JSTOR hack.

These are serious charges. It's not like checking out too many books from the library. I wish the fellow had sought the proper treatment, and 35 years / felony charges does seem overzealous, but he did break some serious laws with known harsh penalties.
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statementOfIncensed
09:09 PM on 01/14/2013
Yes, good point, we should all pay top dollar to read tax payer funded research under penalty of death. This is a good thing.
03:15 PM on 01/15/2013
Maybe a good point. Ever hear of independent scholars? They fund their own, and, yes, they publish in journals, too.
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jfuh
09:50 PM on 01/14/2013
Which is the whole point, banks and insurance companies that crippled our country, bringing it down to it's knees get off scott free.
But a very bright kid who is sharing published material is faced with felony charges that amount up to 35 years in prison?
Its f^$%ed up.
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WeMustDoBetter09
08:45 PM on 01/14/2013
"In an era where the architects of the financial crisis of 2008 regularly dine at the White House, it's outrageous that this kid, who spent his whole life pushing for the ideals which he cared about -- from internet freedom to justice"

Let's just say it!
SHAME ON YOU OBAMA!
SHAME ON YOUR JUSTICE DEPT!!
SHAME ON YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
08:35 PM on 01/14/2013
Which the company didn't file charges against him, additionally most of the academic articles come from research done with government funding.

Please explain to me why a person who wants to distribute for free, i.e. not for his own profit, research paid for with alot of tax payer dollars gets the possibility of 30 yrs in prison and a million dollar fine

...while USBC gets a fine that is less than their profits for a year, no criminal prosecutions of any executives for laundering money for the drug cartells, laundering money for Al Quada, giving Iran direct instuctions how to violate sanctions...

but yeah, the guy who got onto a network possibly/technically illegally might get 30 years for a "crime" with no real victims. Universities will still use the service for articles and he never even distributed the articles. NO HARM...

Yet a bank that helped the WORST villians in this world profit and legitimately move their money is TO BIG TO PROSECUTE!!!
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ver1tas
One nation under surveillance.
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Leeryguy
Revenant Guy
08:24 PM on 01/14/2013
is, 'better late than never' appropriate... or would 'too little, too late' more fitting....
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stevchipmunk
08:11 PM on 01/14/2013
GOOD CITIZENS SUPPORT OBAMA
I know the good professor means well; Mr. Swartz may well have been subject to prosecutorial over-reach, so much so that a person could be driven to suicide. BUT, Please... let's remember it is the Obama administration's Justice Department under Holder that we're talking about.

Mr. Swartz is dead. We cannot bring him back by demonizing the Obama Justice Department. If the Holder Justice Departmnt did wrong, good Democrats will still keep quiet and just Hope and Trust that the Obama administration will quietly work to correct any problems that they are doing. Hope and Trust are what we should have -- not recrimination that can only bring down Obama during this time of crisis.
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Guys POV
I'm just here for the sideboob
08:50 PM on 01/14/2013
Are you nuts? Keep quiet and toe the party line when rogue prosecutors abused their discretion and directly contributed to a young man's suicide? I think not. I stopped relying on the better angels of Obama's nature a long time ago -- when he prosecuted medical marijuana dispensaries in states where it was legal. This problem won't fix itself if people stay quiet.
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bart4u
Concerned Citizen
07:58 PM on 01/14/2013
You got people like Angelo Mazulo from Country Wide not getting any jail time and collecting millions from his not so nice deeds. The financial folks that caused the meltdown in 2008 should have all gone to jail.
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Lulo
07:43 PM on 01/14/2013
I really dislike when commenters show almost no knowledge of what they are saying. WITHOUT GETTING INTO arguments about the validity of the charges (which I also think were absurd and beyond reason), he was not charge with "downloading" anything. He was charge with rigging and hidding a laptop inside a closet and tapping into the MIT network downloading millions of dollars worth of private research.
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DoctorBri1776
Mission: Unleashing human potential
02:48 AM on 01/15/2013
millions of dollars of publicly funded research being hoarded and which he was willing to share with the taxpayers who paid for it.
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Lulo
07:42 AM on 01/15/2013
"publicly funded research "
Since when? 
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07:39 PM on 01/14/2013
Thankyou. I wish every government agency has a great lawyer to really review the case and the type of punishment before these administrators go gung ho against tax payers.
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07:11 PM on 01/14/2013
Mr. Lessig, your neglecting to recognize a material fact… the Government refuses to prosecute the criminal banking industry, out of professional courtesy.
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Gary Weglarz
09:31 PM on 01/14/2013
Amen. HSBC launders hundreds of BILLIONS in bloody cartel drug money and NO ONE faces a single felony charge. Our entire government/corporate nexus = a criminal enterprise.
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olitenup
06:55 PM on 01/14/2013
It is being reported on another site, not in the US, that several days before Aaron killed himself, he asked for a plea bargain, and Ortiz and Co said no.
07:32 PM on 01/14/2013
Link, please?
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ver1tas
One nation under surveillance.
08:27 PM on 01/14/2013
Yes that's been all over the place, including the very first HP article that was posted after Aaron's passing.
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olitenup
08:34 PM on 01/14/2013
I thought so, thanks,
09:14 PM on 01/14/2013
Swartz was a soft target, the banksters are not.
Clevelandinwi
Progressive is good; regressive, not so much.
06:50 PM on 01/14/2013
When a 'prosecutor' also wants to get into politics, this is what happens, almost everytime.
09:13 PM on 01/14/2013
Let's hope his political career is dead in the water
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ver1tas
One nation under surveillance.
11:54 PM on 01/14/2013
mirza as in glavonja or mirza as in habibi? :)
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ElodieStClair
Warren 2016
06:44 PM on 01/14/2013
I really wish that Lawrence Lessig could be a Congressman or Senator some day. The guy would be a great Progressive voice.
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alicante
06:16 PM on 01/14/2013
Prosecuters answer to NO one. She was obsessed with this kid.
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Peter Boehringer
Dona nobis pacem
06:14 PM on 01/14/2013
I continue to have much greater fear of the police and prosecutors than I do of criminals. How do you defend yourself against a rogue prosecutor with unlimited resources? I understand that prosecutors can make mistakes, but they aren't held responsible even when themselves flout the law.