5. April - 10. August 2914
No one, it seems, with the exception of the US Department of Justice, knows exactly how many files Aaron Swartz downloaded from JSTOR, nor does anyone know what files he chose to download or why he downloaded those specific documents….
Sorry, you guys are misinformed.
1. These articles are in the public domain so you are not “pirating” them and what you are doing is not illegal. You are further confusing the public about the nature of the public domain and IP, making everyone dumber.
2. JSTOR released many of these documents for free already so you are not “liberating” them. You are just wasting paper.
3. You think you are doing Aaron’s work but he already did it by bringing attention to this issue which triggered JSTOR to release a lot of public domain works. What he did as far as obtaining work that was in the public domain with the intention of distributing it was not illegal. The AG wanted to go after him because he used a computer to circumvent another computer, which seems like witchcraft which makes it seem illegal but still has a dubious legal standing.