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Rest In Peace Reddit Co-Founder Aaron Swartz(r/pics)
Copyright laws of today are greatly harming progress. The legal punishments, even IF you believe in current copyright (I don’t and have a different dream) are greatly out of proportion, thanks to politicians being legally bribed in the US. I once interviewed Aaron Swartz and it strikes me that he is the kind of person the world needs more of — just like, perhaps, Julian Assange, and Bradley Manning. All people being severely punished by the system.
Aaron’s death makes me so sad. Now we shouldn’t just silently mourn. We need to expand on the fights he was fighting. A fight that according to his website includes “the corrupting influence of big money on institutions including nonprofits, the media, politics, and public opinion”. It seems he was on some of the same tracks as Lawrence Lessig is today. Aaron worked with Lawrence for years. Lawrence, the inventor of the Creative Commons movement, realized that all the sane arguments in the world weren’t enough to change things as long as people are not striking at the root of the issue, “legal” corruption (see his great book Republic, Lost).
Please help dig into Aaron’s work per his website to get a clue of where he was going and to see where we can follow up.