« Sundry: SEALS, scholarship updates, and the writer's studio | Main | Law Review Rankings »

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Bad Ideas

It turns out that it's not a good idea to break into MIT's computer system and download over 4 million JSTOR articles, even if one's intent is to research the sources of funding for the articles in question.

Posted by Stuart Buck on July 21, 2011 at 12:45 PM | Permalink


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Bad Ideas:


I wrote a post about this at Co-op:


Though I was more interested in how the media represented the event than in the substance of the charges. Re the latter, it's far from clear what Swartz' intent was. One theory is that he simply meant to do research, but another is that he intended to make the whole JSTOR archive available for free download. In any event, only two of the charges are fraud; I don't think all the others have the same kind of specific intent requirement.

Posted by: Dave | Jul 21, 2011 6:35:46 PM

Well, that much is evident. I'm curious whether you (or any of the contributors) have substantive thoughts on the charges here, though. If his intent was research, doesn't that mean he didn't have the specific intent to defraud that is an element of most of the crimes he's been charged with?

Posted by: Patrick | Jul 21, 2011 1:05:55 PM

The comments to this entry are closed.