[okfn-discuss] Aaron Swartz - should OKFN take a position?

Daniel Shown shownde at slu.edu
Tue Jul 26 14:18:48 BST 2011


On Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 4:59 AM, William Waites <ww at styx.org> wrote:
> More appropriate, perhaps, and more interesting because the
> motivtations are more clear-cut, would be some sort of statement on
> the release of the Royal Society's Philosophical Transactions.
> OKFN supports the public domain and the release of out of copyright
> works and I think it is reasonably clear that it would be wrong of
> either the RS or JSTOR or both to try to restrict access to humanity's
> shared scientific and cultural heritage in this way.
> -w
> * [2011-07-26 14:56:46 +1200] Tim McNamara <tim.mcnamara at okfn.org> écrit:
>> I would like to see OKFN make a statement supporting Aaron Swartz. He
>> has done some great things in the open knowledge space, including
>> developing the Open Library. He's been arrested and charged with
>> federal crimes relating to the misuse of JSTOR's network for
>> downloading tens of thousands of documents. He used guest logins at
>> MIT with spoofed IP/MAC addresses to gain access. Moreover, it appears
>> he broke into MIT's networking cabinets so that he could store the
>> laptop & external hard drive.
>> Some views on the case:
>> http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/sj/2011/07/24/aaron-swartz-v-united-states/
>> (SJ Klein, who I know from OLPC)
>> I feel that the community should make some public statement.
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Daniel Shown
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