I'm sorry, this article is a load of hooey. Celera routinely gets pilloried because it charged for access to its data, but what conveniently never gets mentioned is that they spent over $200 million of their own and investors money to do generate that data. What also gets left out is the billions or taxpayer dollars spent by the HGP to generate data. It isn't a question of free vs. pay, it is a question of who pays. The general public or the end user.
As for Jim Kent being a hero, the only reason he is even in the running is that nobody on the HGP apparently thought far enough ahead to actually build an assembler before the 11th hour and when it became clear that the HGP was going to be scooped by Celera (as it later was with the mouse genome), Jim Kent was the only act in town. Instead of praising Kent, somebody ought to be asking how the HGP let things get to such a disastrous state.
And yes, in the interest of full disclosure, I did work at Celera during the genome wars.