Aaron Swartz downloaded 4 million articles from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology digital library of scholarly works – JSTOR (or journal storage). Why did he do that? Aaron Swartz was a visionary. His Internet activism was all about open and unlimited access to knowledge and the wealth of material available on the Internet. He built technology for the open licensing project Creative Commons and sought access to academic and research work which he felt should be freely available to further learning for the greater good.
The arguments about open access in relation to academia are these: JSORT articles are scholarly funded through research grants to academics for the purpose of advancing learning for all. As government funded assets, they should be publicly available.