|"Aaron didn't actually release the JSTOR downloads. He did some research on the downloaded corpus.
If someone did the same for Safari, I might well have been intrigued and asked for a copy of the research.
It's true that if Aaron had actually released all the bulk-downloaded data, in despite of the copyright owner's wishes, he would have been doing something I wouldn't approve of.
If you look at my history on the subject, I am all about finding the right balance between open and closed. E.g. when bookshare.org asked for copies of my company's books for scanning, I said, "Why don't we just send you the files?" Now almost all publishers do that." – Tim O'Reilly