Federal prosecutors in Boston have dropped charges against Internet activist Aaron Swartz.
Swartz, 26, was found dead Friday in his New York apartment. He apparently had hanged himself.
Prosecutors filed the notice of dismissal on Monday.
Swartz's family blamed his death on "prosecutorial overreach."
The U.S. attorney's office could not be reached for comment.
Federal prosecutors alleged Swartz used MIT's computers to illegally access millions of academic articles through the JSTOR database, a subscription service for scholarly articles. He was indicted in 2011 and was scheduled to go to trial on 13 counts including computer fraud. Swartz faced the possibility of millions of dollars in fines and up to 35 years in prison.
The case was seen as a showdown pitting the government and commercial interests against Internet "freedom fighters."
MIT President L. Rafael Reif on Sunday appointed Hal Abelson, a professor of computer science and engineering and a founding director of Creative Commons and the Free Software Foundation, to "lead a thorough analysis of MIT’s involvement."