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House Will Review CFAA After Web Pioneer Swartz's Death

Law360, New York (January 23, 2013, 6:30 PM EST) -- House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., on Tuesday told an information technology policy conference that the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act will be reviewed in the wake of the controversial criminal prosecution and suicide of Internet activist Aaron Swartz.

At the time of his death on Jan. 11, Swartz was facing 13 counts of hacking and wire fraud, which carried up to 35 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines, for allegedly exceeding his authorized access to digital library JSTOR by using a network at MIT to download millions of academic articles available through the subscription service. He...

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