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.
“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…
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…