It’s bitter that it takes American justice to take down an illegal operation in the Netherlands. Maybe this is because the Dutch entertainment industry is so tiny compared to the American one?
Archive for 2012/01/21
LeaseWeb, the hosting provider who hosts MegaUpload, is also hosting oron.com and we found bestiality and kiddie porn on there and reported it to the Dutch police and little is donePosted: 2012/01/21 in Copyright, Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Illegal File Sharing
Immigration New Zealand says Kim Dotcom, 38, was granted residency in 2010 under the investor+ category, which allows people to gain residency if they invest $10 million in Government bonds.
Before it was granted, Mr Dotcom disclosed he had previous convictions overseas. He is known in Germany as a computer hacker and was convicted of insider trading.
However, the Immigration Service says the issues with his character were outweighed by his potential benefit to the country.
Labour’s immigration spokesperson, Darien Fenton, says the incident raises serious concerns about the investor-plus category which she says allows wealthy people of dubious character to buy their way into New Zealand.
Uploaded.to Blocks US Visitors After MegaUpload Shutdown. But What If Users Circumvent The Blockade? Will Upload.to Still Be Liable?Posted: 2012/01/21 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Illegal File Sharing
After More Than 27,000 Nautical Miles 16-year-old Laura Dekker Ends Globe-Circling Voyage In St. MaartenPosted: 2012/01/21 in Education / Awareness
“Her story is just amazing,” said one of Dekker’s fans, 10-year-old Jody Bell of Connecticut. “I can’t imagine someone her age going out on sea all by herself.”
RT News: “Obviously you succeeded momentarily, or Anonymous succeeded momentarily in shutting down some of these websites”
Cashing in as the face of Anonymous: Hacking group spokesman Barrett Brown lands a six figure book deal
MPAA head Chris Dodd would welcome a summit meeting between Internet companies and content companies, maybe convened by the White HousePosted: 2012/01/21 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Legislation, Public Policy
A second administrator of NinjaVideo, one of the first targets of the US government’s Operation in Our Sites, has been sentenced. Matthew Smith, known online as Dead1ne, received 14 months in prison, two years supervised release, and was ordered to pay back just over $172,000 he allegedly earned from the site.
ISPs that account for the majority of the EU population have been found to violate “their users’ freedom of communication by blocking or throttling specific content, applications or services available on the Internet“.
RapidShare, the next largest digital locker service, claims to be unconcerned about the MegaUpload case’s precedentPosted: 2012/01/21 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Illegal File Sharing, Jurisprudence, Litigation
But the case could have a broad impact on companies that offer storage as part of their services, depending on the outcome.
Megaupload purposely did business in the US and with US residents, and it targeted its sites (in part) toward the US. You generally can’t gain the benefits of doing business in a jurisdiction without complying with its laws, and being subject to its enforcement efforts (assuming that the jurisdiction can physically gets its hands on you).
The Dutch Green Left party wants to know what Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal and Security & Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten think about MegaUploadPosted: 2012/01/21 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Illegal File Sharing, Public Policy
The Green Left party wants to know what Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal and Security & Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten think about the arrest of a Dutchman, Bram van der Kolk, in Australia and three others at the request of the FBI in connection with the shutting down of the website Megaupload.com this week. Hundreds of servers were located in The Netherlands at provider Leaseweb
MegaUpload will be backed by a prominent lawyer who has defended Bill Clinton against sexual harassment charges and Enron against allegations of fraudPosted: 2012/01/21 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Illegal File Sharing, Litigation
Washington attorney Robert Bennett said Friday that he will represent the company, which was indicted Thursday in federal court in Alexandria on copyright infringement and other charges.
Hong Kong Customs officers have raided offices, domestic premises and luxury hotel suites as part of a worldwide FBI Internet piracy investigation into file-sharing site Megaupload.com.
One hundred officers took part in the raids Friday which seized a large amount of digital evidence and uncovered about HK$330 million ($42 million) in suspected crime proceeds, Customs said.
“The assets have been frozen in accordance with related ordinances. The operation is ongoing,” it said in a statement.