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KichigaiKitsune

Suck it, MIT.

I can't believe I haven't seen a single mention of this on any furry website.

Aaron Swartz, creator of RSS and co-founder of Reddit.com, committed suicide only a few days ago. Living under the threat of decades of imprisonment & unreasonable fines for the oh-so-unspeakable crime of trying to make scientific data and studies available to the public (as it all should be), a great man, an innovator, and a passionate advocate of freedom who fought for a better world, against greedy publishers and copyright holders, killed himself.

I hope MIT, their lawyers, and the soulless publishers, are happy. Is this truly the sort of situation you want to see in the future? The banner you want to stand behind?
Who the hell amongst you wanted to destroy this man for trying to help humanity by releasing scientific progress from the clutches of the amoral and greedy? Even if he was in the wrong, and genuinely broke a law (which he did), you cannot reasonably claim that the punishment fit the crime.

And only monsters would push for such a punishment. True, inhuman, sociopathic monsters.

Anonymous has struck back, and I think I speak for most when I say they were right to. How appropriate.*
It's a disturbing thought to think that MIT had any place whatsoever in crushing the spirit of a man like Swartz. I wonder if it wasn't an inside job, on that matter. I could truly believe that it was, and it should be.

This should not have happened. Just like no 14 year old needs to be fined $30,000 for downloading a crap pop song. That's not deterrence, that's stupidity.


* - note: as someone asked me to clarify, Anonymous is not waging war on MIT. They merely hijacked some poorly secured MIT servers and used them to display their message. They're were trying to make a statement, not punish.
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Baltodane
5 years, 7 months ago
down with MIT may they burn in HELL!!!!!!!!!!
vulPN
5 years, 7 months ago
Making private things available to the public is, well, illegal.
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