The article can be found here (Feds Charge Activist As Hacker For Downloading Millions of Academic Articles | Threat Level | Wired.com).Well-known coder and activist Aaron Swartz was arrested Tuesday, charged with violating federal hacking laws for downloading millions of academic articles from a subscription database service that MIT had given him access to. If convicted, Swartz faces up to 35 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
Swartz, the 24-year-old executive director of Demand Progress, has a history of downloading massive data sets, both to use in research and to release public domain documents from behind paywalls. Swartz, who was aware of the investigation, turned himself in Tuesday.
Personally, I think that this is total BS. So what if he released info that you should have to pay for? Seeing as how its academic information, IMO it should already be free.