intentions he had in regards to what he was going to do with the stolen information. There’s no doubt in my mind that Aaron wanted to publish the information and scam the scientists and database out of all their rightful profit.
Making Your Own Rules
Kaysee Hoffman
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But we don’t know — and cannot know — his intentions. However, even if we assume that he intended to publish the entirety of JSTOR for free online, I would wager that it was to force a discussion on what he called “public access to the public domain,” not to scam anyone. Indeed, scholars don’t see a dime of profit from the articles they publish in journals — remember that it’s part of their job as scholars to do research and publish their findings (frequently with the help of government grants).

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