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[liberationtech] Tragic News: Aaron Swartz commits suicide

Gregory Maxwell greg at
Sat Jan 12 11:06:55 PST 2013

On Sat, Jan 12, 2013 at 1:50 PM, Julian Oliver <julian at> wrote:
> This is JSTOR going 'freeware' rather than Free Software. In the programming
> domain it's comparable to source code that is technically open for reading yet
> disallows modification or redistribution.

This is absolutely the case, but at the same time— claims, never heard
by big names negotiating with jstor before, that they were planning it
all along notwithstanding— it does show sensitivity to negative
attention.  That some change can be made, even if it's just
pretextual, is important.  Likewise, while getting the right TOS does
matter, access itself is the most important thing.  Lets see them
prosecute someone for violating their TOS when they execute their
rights over public domain works— that would be the kind of
unambiguously frivolous litigation which would create the kind of
outrage needed to topple the whole thing.

> A great way to channel any despair from Aaron's death is to encourage peers to
> publish openly.


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