Federal Government Indicts Former Demand Progress Executive Director For Downloading Too Many Journal Articles

Demand Progress – “Moments ago, Aaron Swartz, former executive director and founder of Demand Progress, was indicted by the US government. As best as we can tell, he is being charged with allegedly downloading too many scholarly journal articles from the Web. The government contends that downloading said articles is actually felony computer hacking and should be punished with time in prison. “This makes no sense,” said Demand Progress Executive Director David Segal; “it’s like trying to put someone in jail for allegedly checking too many books out of the library.”

Here is a copy of the unsealed indictment, which I grabbed from PACER.

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