Most people will be familiar with the life and times of internet whiz kid Aaron Swartz. If not, here's a good profile. In short: Swartz, who hanged himself in his Brooklyn apartment on January 11, 2013, had been under federal indictment since 2011. He was charged with illegally downloading more than four million documents from the academic journal database JSTOR on the campus of MIT in late 2010. Although JSTOR refused to pursue the matter, the prosecutors in Massachusetts did not, resulting in a federal case against Swartz which, if found guilty, could have resulted in up to 35 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines. It's obvious that the prosecution intended to make an example out of Swartz. Instead, he turned into a martyr. However, important questions remain unanswered. Should academic journals be in the public domain? Is it ethical for individuals to take the lead in this? And should the state be allowed to pursue a case when the victim doesn't want to pursue it?