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Article posted Jan 15 2013, 10:06 AM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: ThinkProgress Print

Aaron Swartz Faced A More Severe Prison Term Than Killers, Slave Dealers And Bank Robbers

By Ian Millhiser

On Friday, Internet pioneer and open information activist Aaron Swartz took his own life at the age of 26. At the time of his death, Swartz was under indictment for logging into JSTOR, a database of scholarly articles, and rapidly downloading those articles with the intent to make them public. If Swartz had lived to be convicted of the charges against him, he faced 50 years or more in a federal prison.

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Posted: Jan 16 2013, 5:07 PM

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46105 The real reason Swartz is no longer with us, is because he lead the largest no historic resistance against a government bill. He started a global resistance against internet censorship and he paid for it with his life. Whether the state prosecutors had him suicided or whether they pushed him to it through threats of fines and years of court appearances and criminalization of his identity is unknown, what we do know is that they did not pursue him for jstor alone.


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