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    Re: Aaron Swartz dead: Internet activist and programmer was 26

    Quote Originally Posted by poweRob View Post
    He should've done all that after incorporating himself. Then that corporate person would've been fined rather than facing charges himself.
    Anyone seen the film The Corporation? It's an old one, but I just saw it recently and think that what was said then still applies now; even more so, in fact. Here's a link to the film in case anyone's interested:
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    Re: Aaron Swartz dead: Internet activist and programmer was 26

    Quote Originally Posted by FinnMacCool View Post
    He was facing 35 years for basically downloading academic papers. That's like sending someone to jail for taking out too many library books.
    Considering the value of the papers was around 1.5 million I could see a short jail sentence. But other than MIT losing potential revenue there wasn't any actual damage from his actions, 35 years definitely seems excessive.

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    Re: Aaron Swartz dead: Internet activist and programmer was 26

    Quote Originally Posted by FinnMacCool View Post
    He was facing 35 years for basically downloading academic papers. That's like sending someone to jail for taking out too many library books.
    Or distributing without consent, saying that it's available to anyone, at any time, without asking the author, the academic journal, or the university from which it came. Pay the subscription fees like everyone else.
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    Re: Aaron Swartz dead: Internet activist and programmer was 26

    Quote Originally Posted by poweRob View Post
    meh... someone should've bought him up for billions as an administrator to secure their networks against big brains like his. Used to always hear about some kid hacking a bank, getting busted, then hired by the business they hacked.
    You left out a very important part of the story.

    some kid hacking a bank, getting busted, then hired by the business they hacked.

    You left out taking responsibility for what they had done. That goes in between the getting busted and getting hired.

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    Re: Aaron Swartz dead: Internet activist and programmer was 26

    Quote Originally Posted by Pilot View Post
    Considering the value of the papers was around 1.5 million I could see a short jail sentence. But other than MIT losing potential revenue there wasn't any actual damage from his actions, 35 years definitely seems excessive.
    The funny thing is that none of those professors actually got paid for writing those papers and the company who was hosting them was planning on making them free anyways. Given those circumstances, the punishment was definitely disproportionate to the alleged crime.

    Edit: Also he didn't hack anything. I think he just took advantage of a system in MIT which let him download them.
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    Re: Aaron Swartz dead: Internet activist and programmer was 26

    Quote Originally Posted by Pilot View Post
    But should stealing articles result in a sentence comparable with murder?
    No. Good thing it doesn't.

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    Re: Aaron Swartz dead: Internet activist and programmer was 26

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Incognito View Post
    No. Good thing it doesn't.

    Stock takes best interest plea, sentenced for second degree murder
    Wednesday, an emotional Cocke County family let a convicted killer hear their anger. Jeffery Lee Stock took a "best interest" plea deal for the murder of 19 year-old Megan Maxwell in 2009.
    Megan Maxwell's family was not happy with the sentence. Stock will spend a little more than 14 years behind bars when they had hoped for life behind bars. He was sentenced to 18 years for the second degree murder charge, but received nearly four years off for time served.

    It sure doesn't result in a comparable sentence, but I don't see that as a good thing. I realize this is not always the case, but it does happen quite often.
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