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Well, you pretty much nailed it - there is a kernel of truth there, but only in a very limited set of facts is use of a proxy server illegal. Basically, there was a ruling in a case captioned Craigslist v. 3tap that held use of a proxy server to circumvent a ban from a website violates the CFAA (Computer Fraud and Abuse Act). The CFAA was written so long ago that it makes many things illegal and subject to criminal penalties that really should not be, and is what was used to prosecute Aaron Swartz, among others. The problem is not so much the courts as it is that congress drafted a bad law that is out of date, and now they can’t be bothered to fix it. Also, since this is a US District Court ruling from the Northern District of California, it can be cited outside of that district, but it is not controlling precedent.