Reasons to hate maven, number 85 in an apparently infinite series

Submitted by hrm on 8 March, 2010 - 12:54
 $ wget http://repo1.maven.org/maven2/asm/asm/3.1/asm-3.1.jar
 [...]
 HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 403 Forbidden

 $ wget -U "Pointless arseholes" http://repo1.maven.org/maven2/asm/asm/3.1/asm-3.1.jar
 [...]
 HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK

Was there some purpose to this minor irritation?