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The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

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    Unjust laws exist;
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    shall we be content to obey them,
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    or shall we endeavor to amend them,
    and obey them until we have succeeded,
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    or shall we transgress them at once?
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    Henry David Thoreau
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    A cofounder of the social, news and entertainment website Reddit has been found dead
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    He certainly was a prodigy, although he never kind of thought of himself like that.
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    He was totally unexcited
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    about starting businesses and making money
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    There's a profound sense of lost in Eiden Heilen Park,
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    Aaron's Swartz's home town,
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    as loved ones say good bye to one of the Internet's brightest lights
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    Freedom, open access and computer activists are mourning his loss
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    "An astonishing intellect", if you talk to people who knew him
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    He was killed by the government
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    and MIT betrayed all of its basic principles
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    They wanted to make an example out of him
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    The governments have insatiable desire to control
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    He was potentially facing 35 years in prison
    and a 1 million dollar fine
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    Raising quesitons or prosecutorial zeal, and I would say even misconduct
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    Have you looked into that particular matter and reached any conclusions?
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    Growing up, you know, I slowly had this process of realising,
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    that all the things around me, that people had told me
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    were just the natural way things were, things always would be
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    They weren't natural at all, there were things that could be changed
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    and there were things that more importantly were wrong and should change.
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    And once I realised that, there was really kind of no going back
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    The Internet's Own Boy
The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

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  • I think the English version is more or less complete now.

    Let's review it and try to consistently apply the recommendations listed in the Guidelines box.

  • Hi there,

    I'm one of the French contributors to the French subtitles, and I noticed something that might be a (tiny) mistake in the English subtitles. Here are the present subtitles around 87:28:

    87:28 - 87:31 I was a federal prosecutor at the Justice Department for three years.
    87:31 - 87:34 Before I started teaching, the government came forward
    87:34 - 87:38 with an indictment based on what crimes they thought were committed,

    The guy's tone is a bit misleading, but there is a little silence after "teaching", sufficient for me to think that in fact, the first sentence stops there (and hence the 2nd begins), so IMHO he's in fact saying that:

    1) he was a federal prosecutor for 3 years before he started teaching, and
    2) the government came forward with an indictment based on what crimes they thought were committed, etc. etc.

    So there should be a comma (or nothing) after "three years", and a full stop after "teaching".

    Furthermore, with the present punctuation, the second sentence is a bit weird: why would it be important to state that the government came forward with Aaron's indictment before this guy started teaching ? Strange, isn't it ? ;-)

    As one of the golden rules in subtitling is that only natives of a language should change the subtitles in that language, I leave it up to you to review my comments, and agree... or not. ;-)

    Best regards,


  • bruno.treguier Yeah, that makes much more sense. I think it's fixed now. Let me know if you find anything else.

    Also, at 13:13 to 13:23, we had "LD documents" for the longest time, but I looked into it, and I'm pretty sure it should be "Eldred documents" so I changed it fairly recently. I'm not sure if it's been changed in the other languages, though.

    It's great that this important documentary has been translated into so many languages!

    Thanks :)

  • Hi lauren3467,

    I'll sure let you know if I notice something else that should be changed.

    Regarding "LD" vs "Eldred", yeah, it's very difficult to catch what Aaron and his interviewer are precisely saying at that moment but I think you're perfectly right ! The "Eldred v. Ashcroft" oral argument at the Supreme Court, which precisely is about copyright, took place at the end of 2002/beginning of 2003, which fits perfectly !

    Best regards,


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