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Diego Gómez Hoyos is studying for a master’s degree in conservation and wildlife management. But his thirst for knowledge is also threatening his freedom.

The 26-year-old Colombian biologist faces up to 8 years in prison for posting a copy of another scientist’s thesis online. Colombia, like many other countries, grants strong protections to authors. In 2006, its law was revised to bring it into agreement with a free trade agreement with the United States, lengthening jail times and increasing fines.

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“What worries our community is how a relationship of colleagues turned into a tremendous legal affair, with these horrible consequences”, writes Ángela Suárez-Mayorga of the University of the Andes in Bogotá, to ScienceInsider in an e-mail. “Nobody believes that Gómez should go to jail for sharing a document”. (1)

Knowledge should be shared.
Tell the world what you know.
And pray that someone steals it!
It would mean that it was worth something…

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And as you “stole” thousands of things – from Newton to Einstein – so other will steal you.

We are all thieves.

And it needs to really be educated in order to admit it…

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