This Aaron Swarz thing is really eating at me.
This was a youthful, non-violent, first offender committing an act of civil disobedience, for no personal gain, out of idealism. He committed suicide when an overzealous federal prosecutor would not plea bargain down from seeking a sentence of 50 years -- and he was isolated from the activist community, which had been supporting him in his proposed activities.
Granted, the value of the copyrighted material he proposed to publish was large, but similar white collar crimes in others, others who profited from their actions, resulted in much lesser sentences.
The Enron people got 25 years or so, and one of them may get out with 14
Raj Rajaratnam, who did super huge scale insider trading, got 11 years
We need to have better control and standardization rather than unbridled prosecutorial discretion.
Anyway, if you, like me, are bothered by the Aaron Swarz prosecution, there is a petition going around.
Also, Aaron reminds me of my own son, who is a Stallmanite.