Submitted by StephenK on July 19, 2011 - 4:43pm
The Bits Blog online with The New York Times reports
that programmer Aaron Swartz was indicted for allegedly stealing 4 million documents from MIT and JSTOR. According to documents posted to Scribd
, the arrest warrant
cites alleged violation of 18 USC 1343, 18 USC 1003(a)(4), 18 USC 1003(a)(2), 18 USC 1003(a)(5)(B), and 18 USC 2.
The Boston Globe summed up the charges stating
Aaron Swartz, 24, was charged with wire fraud, computer fraud, unlawfully obtaining information from a protected computer, and recklessly damaging a protected computer. He faces up to 35 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
Activist group Demand Progress, of which Swartz previously served as Executive Director, has a statement posted
. Internet luminary Dave Winer also has a thought posted as to the indictment
. Wired's report cites the current Executive Director of Demand Progress as likening the matter to checking too many books out of a library
(h/t Evan Prodromou
and Dave Winer
(Update at 1641 Eastern: The Register has reporting here)