Let me try to clarify my statements a little, hopefully you'll understand what I'm trying to say if I use your tone.
Look here, fuckstick:
I understand the "fuckin' topic" just fine. You're simply ignoring everything that doesn't fit into your "OMG AARON SWARTZ WAS SO DREAMY!@#@!#ONE!!ELEVN!@" posterboy-for-lesser-penalties bullshit.
Quoting articles friendly towards Swartz that make false comparisons doesn't help your point. I mean, the ThinkProgress article refutes its own title in the second-to-last paragraph. Did you stop reading it too when it no longer fit your notions of legality vs morality?
Look, one more time:
Penalties for 'electronic' crimes may seem to be harsh when compared to 'physical' crimes. BUT, a single electronic crime have thousands of 'victims', whereas that is a little more difficult in a physical crime.
Penalties are compounded when you have multiple instances of the same crime (this means, for example, if you rob 10 banks, you may get 10 individual bank-robbing charges). So, someone like Swartz could get hit with serious time for relatively minor crimes.
Aaron got the book thrown at him because he and his holier-than-thou legal team thought they could work (and beat) the system due to his connections, and failed when he went face first into a prosecutor trying to put some notches on his/her belt.
He got hit with charges for every fuckin' count possible that was in the books they could charge him with. Was it excessive? According to you, yah. According to me, maybe, but it's the law, and he knew what he was doing, and they wanted to make an example out of him. Agein, he KNEW because he almost got in trouble before for the same exact type of shit in 2008 when he downloaded over 2 million articles from PACER. That time, he didn't get in trouble because they were public court records, but he dun' goofed with JSTOR.
Stop talking about 'the bare basic facts' when you have no fuckin idea what you are talking about.
You want facts? The fact is there's your fairyland, and there's the real world. In the real world, you think you can break the law, and you end up with your ass handed to you, simple as that. Now, I understand that some of you liberal-art-major-cum-Starbucks-barista-indigo-children types have a hard time understanding that strange concept, but you better wise up quick, fruitcake. Lef's tough, get a fuckin' helmet.
Was this easier for you to understand? If so, great. If not, go fuck yourself.