Because the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) — the very statute that was used to prosecute Aaron Swartz for downloading scholarly articles he had access to — has run amok. The outdated law has been abused to cover situations far removed from the type of criminal hacking Congress had in mind when it passed the law in 1986. Nothing highlights that more than the fact that the CFAA is now the subject of a bill named after Aaron Swartz to fix it.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013