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Author Peters, Justin, author.

Title The idealist : Aaron Swartz and the rise of free culture on the Internet / Justin Peters.

Publication Info. New York : Scribner, 2016.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    004.678 PET    Available
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Edition First Scribner hardcover edition.
Description x, 337 pages ; 24 cm
text rdacontent
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Summary "Aaron Swartz was a zealous young advocate for the free exchange of information and creative content online. He committed suicide in 2013 after being indicted by the government for illegally downloading millions of academic articles from a nonprofit online database. From the age of fifteen, when Swartz, a computer prodigy, worked to launch Creative Commons, to his years as a fighter for copyright reform to his protests against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) to his posthumous status as a cultural icon, Swartz was inextricably connected to the free culture movement. Now Slate correspondent Justin Peters examines Swartz's life in the context of two hundred years of struggle over the control of information. In briskly thoughful prose, The Idealist situates Swartz in respect to other "data moralists" past and present, from lexicographer Noah Webster to ebook pioneer Michael Hart to free software advocate Richard Stallman. The book explores the history of copyright statutes and the public domain; examines archivists' ongoing quest to build the "library of the future"; and charts the rise of open access, copyleft, and other ideologies that have come to challenge protectionist intellectual-property policies. Peters also explains how we reached the point where federally funded academic research came to be considered private property and downloading that material in bulk came to be construed as a federal crime."--Dust jacket flap.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-317) and index.
Subject Information commons -- United States.
Freedom of information -- United States.
Intellectual freedom -- United States.
Copyright -- United States -- History.
Internet -- United States.
Swartz, Aaron, 1986-2013.
ISBN 9781476767727 (hardback)
1476767726 (hardback)

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