Aaron Swartz arrested for downloading too many articles from JSTOR

22 Jul

Aaron Swartz, from MIT & online group ‘demand progress’, has been arrested for downloading too many articles from the academic database ‘JSTOR’ – a ‘crime’ some have compared to taking out too many books from the library! He faces a maximum sentence of *35 years in prison*.

Details of the story can be found here:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/jul/21/aaron-swartz-indicted-hacking-charges

A support page for Aaron is here:
http://act.demandprogress.org/sign/support_aaron/?source=fb

In an act of solidarity someone has made 18,592 scientific publications freely available along with a manifesto via this torrent:
http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/6554331/Papers_from_Philosophical_Transactions_of_the_Royal_Society__fro
Knowledge should be freely available as part of our ‘commonwealth’ – take part in some digital commoning – download and seed this torrent!

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