JSTOR Tool Created in Swartz’s Honor

    19 Aug 2009, Berlin, Germany --- A HANDOUT file shows programmer Aaron Swartz smiling on a photo dated 19 August 2009. 26-years-old man commits suicide on 11 January 2013, shortly before a trial against him. Swartz was accused of illegal publications of files from a commercial database. Photo: Sage Ross (Editor's note: usable only under consideration of Creative Commons Lizenz CC BY-SA 2.0 and with full reference) --- Image by © Sage Ross/dpa/Corbis

    Aaron Swartz in Aug. 2009. (Sage Ross/DPA, via Corbis)

    In a memorial to Aaron Swartz, a group of online activists have launched a tool to “liberate” articles from JSTOR, the subscription-based article database from which Swartz had been accused of illegally downloading articles. The Archive Team, a group dedicated to preserving websites about to go offline, created the bookmarklet called the Aaron Swartz Memorial JSTOR Liberator, which allows readers to bypass the subscription fee on JSTOR. Swartz, 26, one of the cofounders of Reddit, was found dead in an apparent suicide on Friday. Federal prosecutors had charged him with 13 counts of computer and wire fraud for allegedly illegally downloading as many as 4.8 million articles from JSTOR in late 2010 and early 2011.

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