I am wondering if we are going to discover that the copyright industry had a hand in this at some point.
In much the same way the Megaupload case was improperly investigated and is being currently managed, so it would seem the Aaron Swartz case was improperly handled.
Either the prosecutor in this case is far out of her area of expertise (technology wise), or she was being "pushed" by an outside interest that needed another talking point about copyright theft and "piracy".
In either case, a bright and creative person has been lost to us. This is a loss that we cannot afford to have happen again. The government cries out for the best and brightest minds, and when they find one this is what happens.
BTW, there are petitions already in place at the "We the People" site which you can sign asking to fire the two DOJ prosecutors involved in this sad mess.
So how long have you worked for the copyright industry? You seem to be a life long drinker of their KoolAid.
What was the main source of Megaupload's content, Mike?
From news reports (the same reports you can read) it seems the main source of Megas content were private files, legal private files which the owners can no longer access. The MPAA also wishes to either destroy this evidence, or make to return process to onerous that it can never be fulfilled.
result in Megaupload being able to grift forever
Again, from news reports and from the limited info released by the DOJ and others involved in the case, it seems as if Mega was actually working with both the MPAA and the DOJ.
It also seems pretty clear that a new service about the be launched by Mega scared the water out of the MPAA and they therefore enlisted their water carriers (DOJ) to carry out multiple illegal acts for stop this new service from coming online.
You should seriously grow up, learn to read and form opinions of your own instead of acting like a copyright industry parrot.
Now, I'm not going to claim to be smarter than these politicians (although you're certainly welcome to make that claim for me in the comment threads)
There is no need what so ever to be "smart" to succeed as a politician.
The precedent for that statement is evidenced by the sea of seemingly calcified brains that make up our political leaders. Prior to the recent election, there was enough B.S.spewing from the mouths of politicians it seemed as if most of them had been lobotomized.
There is such a discontinuity between what politicians seem to think, and what is happening in the real world I'm surprised the knowledge abyss isn't strong enough to warp space time around D.C.