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Aaron Swartz is the founder of Demand Progress, which launched the campaign against the Internet censorship bills (SOPA/PIPA). He was committed to downloading as many pages as possible from an archive of academic journals called JSTOR, which was available by paid subscription only to libraries and institutions. He thought that was morally wrong. He thought the knowledge contained in it (often obtained with public funding, after all) had to be made available, free, to everyone. He was committed to writing programs that made information available to the public.
He was charged on 13 counts, including wire fraud and theft of information, and was to go on trial in the spring, facing up to 35 years of jail. Some believe that the charges brought by a federal prosecutor were hugely disproportionate to what he had done.