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I've been having a tough time tracking down more information on this so I'll ask here. What exactly did MIT do (or not do) that people want to protest? Is it that MIT pursued legal action, or did not try and help Swartz out?

30 years in prison and up to $1 million in fines for downloading files publicly accessible to anyone in the MIT network.

This is the proverbial straw that's getting people to realize and understand just how fucked up the law is when it comes to digital "crimes".

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