Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz, the co-developer of RSS and Reddit, committed suicide in his apartment. Aaron was known as an internet prodigy as well as an activist, which got him into legal trouble. “In 2011, he was arrested in Boston for alleged computer fraud and illegally obtaining documents from protected computers. He was later indicted in an incident in which he allegedly stole millions of online documents from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.”( Martinez, M. (March, 2013 07). Internet prodigy, activist aaron swartz commits suicide. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/12/us/new-york-reddit-founder-suicide/)
“Swartz’s family called his death “the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach.” They criticized U.S. prosecutors for seeking “an exceptionally harsh array of charges (for) an alleged crime that had no victims,” and MIT because it did not “stand up for Aaron.””(Martinez, March) In simpler words, Swartz’s family believes federal prosecutors and MIT contributed to his death. Another factor that could have been the cause of his death is his ongoing suffering from depression, which he publicly shared on his blog. Having suffered for so long, put him at a high risk for suicide. “The U.S. intellectual property law refers to creations of the mind, meaning inventions, artistic work, designs and so on”(What is intellectual property?. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.wipo.int/about-ip/en/.) Swartz’s blog entailed various personal ideas from other people which could have gone against the IP law as he published other peoples work. Since he made a profit through his website he arguably violated the IP laws. 

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