[pp.int.general] Fwd: [FC-discuss] Fwd: Urgent -- Aaron was just arrested

Pat Maechler aka Valio pirate at valio.ch
Wed Jul 20 08:12:49 CEST 2011

A US student is arrested for downloading too many journal articles?
This makes no sense at all...
I'm flabbergasted.
Are we already there or is this one made up?


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Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2011 15:05:52 -0400
Subject: [FC-discuss] Fwd: Urgent -- Aaron was just arrested

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From: David Segal, DemandProgress.org <info at demandprogress.org>
Date: Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 2:49 PM
Subject: Urgent -- Aaron was just arrested
To: Thomas Levine <thomas.levine at gmail.com>


Shocking news: *Moments ago former Demand Progress Executive Director Aaron
Swartz was indicted by the US government.* As best as we can tell, he is
being charged with allegedly downloading too many journal articles from the
Web. The government contends that downloading so many journal articles
constitutes felony computer hacking and should be punished with time in
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The charges are made all the more senseless by the fact that the alleged
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James Jacobs, the Government Documents Librarian at Stanford University --
where Aaron did undergraduate work -- denounced the arrest: "Aaron's
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