Aaron’s Open Access Manifesto

Aaron Swartz against SOPA/PIPA

Aaron Swartz against SOPA/PIPA

It's been 1 year January 11 since Aaron Swartz reportedly committed suicide. Many can't believe to this tragic moment and everyone is blaming the US government for his death. Like many passionate activist around the globe that is being persecuted by their own government because of their ideals that just couldn't fit in the corporate world. What was the cause of his misfortune? “It's sharing information!” 2 counts of wire fraud and 11 counts of Computer fraud and abuse act. What he wants to share was a academic research from MIT it's a private school but it's research funds is largely comes from the US government, so his idea that government funded research should be freely available to all because taxpayers deserves a return of investment.

Aaron was also involved in development of RSS feed, the thing that websites updated articles are posted in short paragraphs like in our newspapers. He also helped in the creation of Creative Commons that makes licenses freely available to all like an open source in software you can share it for free and do whatever you like as long as it is stated in the type of license. He also opposes publicly the SOPA or Stop Online Piracy Acts which is very dangerous to the open internet and privacy of individuals around the globe. What I like is his creation of manifesto for Open Access that can help people around the world to have access to human knowledge.

 

Guerilla Open Access Manifesto


Information is power. But like all power, there are those who want to keep it for
themselves. The world’s entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries
in books and journals, is increasingly being digitized and locked up by a handful of
private corporations. Want to read the papers featuring the most famous results of the
sciences? You’ll need to send enormous amounts to publishers like Reed Elsevier.
There are those struggling to change this. The Open Access Movement has fought
valiantly to ensure that scientists do not sign their copyrights away but instead ensure
their work is published on the Internet, under terms that allow anyone to access it. But
even under the best scenarios, their work will only apply to things published in the future.
Everything up until now will have been lost.
That is too high a price to pay. Forcing academics to pay money tocolleagues? Scanning entire libraries but only allowing the folks atProviding scientific articles to those at elite universities in the Firstchildren in the Global South? It’s outrageous and unacceptable.
read the work of their
Google to read them?
World, but not to
“I agree,” many say, “but what can we do? The companies hold the copyrights, they
make enormous amounts of money by charging for access, and it’s perfectly legal —
there’s nothing we can do to stop them.” But there is something we can, something that’s
already being done: we can fight back.
Those with access to these resources — students, librarians, scientists — you have been
given a privilege. You get to feed at this banquet of knowledge while the rest of the world
is locked out. But you need not — indeed, morally, you cannot — keep this privilege for
yourselves. You have a duty to share it with the world. And you have: trading passwords
with colleagues, filling download requests for friends.
Meanwhile, those who have been locked out are not standing idly by. You have been
sneaking through holes and climbing over fences, liberating the information locked upthe publishers and sharing them with your friends.
by
But all of this action goes on in the dark, hidden underground. It’s called stealing or
piracy, as if sharing a wealth of knowledge were the moral equivalent of plundering a
ship and murdering its crew. But sharing isn’t immoral — it’s a moral imperative. Only
those blinded by greed would refuse to let a friend make a copy.
Large corporations, of course, are blinded by greed. The laws under which they operate
require it — their shareholders would revolt at anything less. And the politicians they
have bought off back them, passing laws giving them the exclusive power to decide who
can make copies.
There is no justice in following unjust laws. It’s time to come into the light and, in the
grand tradition of civil disobedience, declare our opposition to this private theft of public
culture.
We need to take information, wherever it is stored, make our copies and share them with
the world. We need to take stuff that's out of copyright and add it to the archive. We need
to buy secret databases and put them on the Web. We need to download scientific
journals and upload them to file sharing networks. We need to fight for Guerilla Open
Access.
With enough of us, around the world, we’ll not just send a strong message opposingprivatization of knowledge — we’ll make it a thing of the past. Will you join us?
the
Aaron Swartz
July 2008, Eremo,Italy

 

 

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