Words and projects remembering Aaron Swartz‘s legacy are all over the Internet. In his memory, the DJ, hacker and electronic musician Jairus Khan started the #MP3Tribute, where he wants to collect over a 100 CC-licensed music albums to release on Swartz’s memory, for his involvement in the first steps of Creative Commons licences.
The idea is simple: Khan is asking artists to contribute with their work, which should be “commercially available at some point” but NOT already released under Creative Commons or any other similar open licence.
By contributing, artists would make those albums, that previously were illegal to copy, available to audiences worldwide under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivates (BY-NC-ND) licence.
If you rarely heard about Aaron Swartz before the news of his suicide on January 11th, 2013 or even had no idea of he was, don’t worry. You’re not alone. This words following don’t pretend to be an obituary but a brief article to share what Swartz did to be recalled as “a hero of the free culture movement” in The New York Times (January 13th, 2013) after his death.
In the obituary, at Creative Commons website, Board member Lawrence Lessig remembered how, at the age of 16 years old, young Swartz get involved in the design for the code layer of Creative Commons licenses. Furthermore, he coauthored the Really Simple Syndication (RSS) and, after his involvement in the Creative Commons team, he co-founded the social bookmarking and news aggregator Reddit and helped building Archive, a free public library. Continue reading