Aaron Swartz

Swartz smiling

Aaron Hillel Swartz (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013) was an American computer programmer, entrepreneur, writer, political organizer and Internet hacktivist who was involved in the development of the web feed format RSS and the Markdown publishing format, the organizationCreative Commons, the website framework web.py and the social news site,  Reddit, in which he became a partner after its merger with his company, Infogami. He committed suicide while under Federal indictment for data-theft, a prosecution that was characterized by his family as being “the product of a criminal-justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutor overreach”

On the night of January 6, 2011, Swartz was arrested near the Harvard campus by MIT police and a U.S. Secret Service agent. He was arraigned in Cambridge District Court on two state charges of breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony.

On September 12, 2012, federal prosecutors filed a superseding indictment adding nine more felony counts, which increased Swartz’s maximum criminal exposure to 50 years of imprisonment and $1 million in fines. During plea negotiations with Swartz’s attorneys, the prosecutors offered to recommend a sentence of six months in a low-security prison, if Swartz would plead guilty to 13 federal crimes. Swartz and his lead attorney rejected that deal, opting instead for a trial in which prosecutors would have been forced to justify their pursuit of Swartz

After reading story of Aaron Swartz on the wiki, Swartz is not an artist. The activities such as download document from federal course, from others website and created and claimed his and let people using them for free. These activities make him an artist. He is very intelligent individual. He could put himself in good use in other ways. I have agreed on the part that he shared his work for public use because there are some information is expensive to get. We could use them for free to enrich our knowledge, but there are restrictions and regulations that we need to follow. if he believed he was innocent why would he kill himself?

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Swartz


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