Trailer for Aaron Swartz Documentary: 'The Internet's Own Boy'
After premiering at Sundance in January 2014, Brian Knappenberger's documentary about the life and death of Reddit co-founder and digital activist Aaron Swartz, 'The Internet's Own Boy,' will be released on June 27th, 2014.
Aaron Swartz took his own life in January of 2013, shortly after his efforts to avoid jail time for downloading a mass of copyrighted JSTOR articles were rejected. Federal prosecutors were intent on making Aaron Swartz into an example - with threats of jail time (potentially 35 years in federal prison), fines (potentially $1 million+) and a permanent loss of voting rights.
In death, Aaron Swartz has become an example - just not the one the Justice Department intended.