According to an article it says, “Aaron Hillel Swartz (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013) was an American computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet activist.” (Aaron swartz) He was part of a group that was against Internet censorship. He was arrested for fraud involving computers. He stole many documents he found online from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology but said he was not guilty. He released millions of documents from PACER which was worth $1.5 million dollars. (Martinez, 2013)
Swartz was going to be sent to prison for fifty years and also was charged $1 million dollars in fines. He did not want to be considered a ‘felon’. He believed he was not doing anything wrong. In an article it says, “Swartz’s family and his partner created a memorial website on which they issued a statement, saying, “He used his prodigious skills as a programmer and technologist not to enrich himself not to enrich himself but to make the Internet and the world a fairer, better place.”” (Aaron swartz)
It says that U.S. Intellectual Property Law is very strict. They are not joking around with the law, They believe that if you commit a crime then you have to own up to it. If you are doing things illegally you will have to pay the consequences.
Aaron swartz. In Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Swartz
Martinez, M. (2013, March 07). Internet prodigy, activist aaron swartz commits suicide. CNN. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/12/us/new-york-reddit-founder-suicide/