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'The Idealist' is a riveting look at activist Aaron Swartz and the free culture movement

'The Idealist' is a riveting look at activist Aaron Swartz and the free culture movement

Anyone who's spent much time on the Internet has heard the slogan "information wants to be free." Coined by author Stewart Brand, it's become a rallying cry for, yes, people who are justifying their free downloads but also for those who fight restrictive copyright laws, advocating for open access to information for everyone.

Yet as Justin Peters points out in his new book, "The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and the Rise of Free Culture on the Internet," the quote doesn't tell the whole story. Brand followed up his much-circulated aphorism with this caution about intellectual property: "[Information] wants to be expensive because it can be immeasurably valuable to...

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