MIT Probes Swartz Case

    This Dec. 8, 2012 photo provided by ThoughtWorks shows Aaron Swartz, in New York. Swartz, a co-founder of Reddit, hanged himself Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, in New York City. In 2011, he was charged with stealing millions of scientific journals from a computer archive at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in an attempt to make them freely available. He had pleaded not guilty, and his federal trial was to begin next month. (AP Photo/ThoughtWorks, Pernille Ironside)

    Pernille Ironside/ThoughtWorks, via AP

    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is launching an internal investigation into its role in Aaron Swartz’s persecution. Swartz, who was found dead Friday, was facing 35 years in prison for stealing 4.8 million scholarly-journal articles and documents from JSTOR, which were stored on the MIT computer network. JSTOR chose to drop its charges against Swartz. Meanwhile, Anonymous claimed credit for hacking into MIT’s website Sunday night and posting messages commemorating Swartz’s life and calling for overhauling intellecutal-property laws—the same ones Swartz allegedly ran afoul of. A group of Swartz’s supporters started a petition Monday to remove U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, who had supervised the prosecution of Swartz’s case.

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