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06 April 2013

FIX THE CFAA, PASS AARON'S LAW from DEMAND PROGRESS 5APR13


WE can get justice for Aaron Swartz, we can give some meaning to his sad and tragic death, by refusing to be apathetic and instead be involved in the campaign to get Aaron's Law passed through Congress and signed into law by Pres Obama. Click the link to send a message to your Representatives and Senators telling the to sponsor and vote for Aaron's Law. 
Did you know that under the current Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), you might be considered a felon if you start a myspace page for a cat or lie about your height on a dating site?
Fortunately, representative Zoe Lofgren and Senator Ron Wyden have proposed long overdue amendments to the CFAA that would prevent prosecutors from abusing the law to go after individual users who breach a website's terms-of-service--that long fine print you "agree to" but never read. Click here to support their amendment:
http://act.demandprogress.org/letter/cosponsor_aarons_law_now?referring_akid=a8400962.1801662.bkVsuj&source=auto-taf

The amendments are being called "Aaron's Law" to honor the memory of Aaron Swartz, who took his own life in January after enduring two years of relentless persecution for the alleged crime of downloading too many academic articles from JSTOR too fast.
The CFAA empowered federal prosecutors to trump up the charges against Aaron. Now we have the chance to make sure no one else faces the same injustice. Click here to tell your lawmaker to support "Aaron's Law":
"Aaron's Law" is designed to protect users from this kind of prosecutorial overreach and make sure any penalty is meted out in proportion to the offense. Rep. Lofgren: "Taken together, the changes in this draft should prevent the kind of abusive prosecution directed at Aaron Swartz and would help protect other Internet users from outsized liability for everyday activity,”
Click here to tell your lawmakers to cosponsor "Aaron's Law," honor Aaron Swartz's memory, and make sure what happened to him can never happen to anyone else:
We must be vigilant. We must check the unfettered power of criminal prosecutors and the federal government. We must pass "Aaron's Law" now.
Thanks.