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Pirate Party organizing lawsuit against FBI for MegaUpload seizure

Pirate Parties around the world are planning on organizing a lawsuit against the FBI over the seizure of the popular file sharing website MegaUpload.com, according to TorrentFreak. MegaUpload, which had more than 150 million registered users, was shut down by the FBI on January 19 because of alleged copyright infringement.…

MegaUpload founder faces lengthy extradition battle

(Reuters) – Efforts by the United States to extradite the mastermind of an alleged Internet piracy scheme from New Zealand to face copyright infringement and money laundering charges are likely to be long and complex. Kim Dotcom, a German national also known as Kim Schmitz, will be held in custody…

NinjaVideo co-founder gets 14 months in prison for copyright infringement

The co-founder of a website that allowed users to watch streaming videos of TV shows, movies, and documentaries has been sentenced to 14 months in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday. Twenty-four-year old Matthew David Howard Smith, also known by the online alias Dead1ne, plead guilty to criminal…

‘Anonymous’ allegedly crashes Justice.gov after FBI shuts down MegaUpload

Hacktivists affiliated with the “Anonymous” movement took credit for crashing the websites of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Universal Music Group on Thursday after the FBI shut down one of the most popular file sharing websites, MegaUpload.com. “The DOJ web server hosting justice.gov is experiencing a significant increase…

Viacom faces lawsuit over ‘What What (In the Butt)’ South Party parody

After accusing YouTube of rampant copyright infringement, media giant Viacom has found an unusual ally in a fight over its own use of copyrighted material. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed an amicus brief in support of Viacom over a parody of a popular online video called “What What…

Internet circumvents anti-piracy bill before it even passes

Software developers have already found a way around the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which the House Judiciary Committee will not markup until sometime early next year. Most critics say the bill would create an Internet “blacklist” that forces ISPs, search engines, financial firms and advertisers to de-list websites…

Talks on anti-piracy bill adjourn until 2012

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the Republican behind a controversial piece of legislation that would shut down any website accused of copyright infringement, abruptly adjourned a marathon session of the House Judiciary Committee on Friday as it was considering marking up the bill. After roughly 14 hours of debate spanning two…

Lawmakers propose SOPA alternative: Fight online pirates ‘like WikiLeaks’

A bipartisan group of lawmakers from the House and Senate are readying a draft proposal that would provide an alternative to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act. Instead of using the courts to force search engines and ISPs to block websites accused of copyright infringement, as…

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