The government sought to make an example of Swartz. You share information which is technically illegal and we the state will hammer you, with no mercy. We will come down on you so hard you’ll wish you’d never heard the words “open source.” Do you HEAR that copyright infringers? Do you HEAR that whistleblowers?
(From Fox News)
Aaron Swartz, 26, hanged himself in his Brooklyn apartment weeks before he was to go on trial on accusations that he stole millions of journal articles from an electronic archive in an attempt to make them freely available. If convicted, he faced decades in prison and a fortune in fines.