Whose Information Is it?

Have you heard about Aaron Swartz?  On July 19, he was indicted for “allegedly stealing approximately 4.8 million articles from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the JSTOR journal archive.”

The indictment lists this overview of offenses:

Between September 24, 2010, and January 6, 2011, Swartz contrived to:

  1. break into a restricted computer wiring closet at MIT;
  2. access MIT’s network without authorization from a switch within that closet;
  3. connect to JSTOR’s archive of digitized journal articles through MIT’s computer network;
  4. use this access to download a major portion of JSTOR’s archive onto his computers and computer hard drives;
  5. avoid MIT’s and JSTOR’s efforts to prevent this massive copying, measures which were directed at users generally and at Swartz’s illicit conduct specifically; and
  6. elude detection and identification;

all with the purpose of distributing a significant proportion of JSTOR’s archive through one or more file-sharing sites.

To read the complete article from Library Journal, click here.

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