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"David vs Goliath & Godzilla" - Hollywood files lawsuit against Megaupload

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The Kim Dotcom/Megaupload mega-saga continues, with six mammoth movie studios filing suit against what they say is the former file-sharing site's mega-monster-mind-numbingly-massive copyright infringement.

Developer's computer seized because he called himself a hacker

Developer's computer seized because he called himself a hacker

A US government contractor was given an order that allowed it to seize his hard drive without warning, largely because the ex-employee started a new software company whose site said "We like hacking things and we don’t want to stop."

Facebook finally wins $3 million payout in Power Ventures spam lawsuit

Facebook finally wins $3 million payout in Power Ventures spam lawsuit

Power Ventures lured Facebook users into handing over access to their contact lists, then spammed everyone they knew with emails urging them to join their site. Now that Facebook has won its five-year legal battle, has it earned back some trust?

US ISPs launch pirate wrist-slapping campaign

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With the new "six strikes" piracy alert system, Comcast plans to hijack offenders' browsers, Cablevision will suspend subscribers for 24 hours after a fifth offense, and plenty of ISPs are looking at throttling infringers' connections down to a crawl.

Illegal content on YouTube? Beware spammed-out malware attack

Illegal content on YouTube? Beware spammed-out malware attack

Internet users are being warned about a malware attack that has been spammed out widely, posing as a communication from YouTube about copyrighted video content.

The emails, which have the subject line "Your video may have illegal content", pretend to come from Google's YouTube team.

MediaFire restores virus researcher’s account, questions copyright troll and DMCA claim

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Cloud-based storage firm MediaFire restored account access to a virus researcher who was suspended after a mysterious firm claimed virus samples she posted on the service violated copyright protections.

Cloud storage firm flags malware as "Copyrighted Material," boots security researcher

Cloud storage firm flags malware as "Copyrighted Material," boots security researcher

A malware researcher finds herself in company with First Lady Michelle Obama and science fiction author Neil Gaiman: booted from the web by hard-headed copyright protection algorithms.

What is the TPP, and why should you care?

What is the TPP and why should you care

Have you heard of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement? It contains a number of controversial provisions, some considered even worse than ACTA...

Dodgy Android markets shut down by FBI in copyright crackdown

Dodgy Android markets shut down by FBI

Some Android users have got a nasty scare, as three websites - involved in the distribution of cracked and stolen Android smartphone apps - were shut down by the FBI.

Google to demote websites with pirated content

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Google has announced changes to its search algorithms, pushing down websites with several copyright take-down requests from the prime position in search results. Not everyone thinks this is a good idea.

Google wins, Oracle loses: Java API case closed - for now

Google wins, Oracle loses: Java API case closed - for now

Oracle sued Google, accusing the search giant's Android platform of infringing the Java-related copyrights and patents that Oracle acquired when it bought Sun in late 2010.

The judgment is out.

ACTA update: The fight goes on...

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ACTA has received considerable criticism from a number of high-profile sources, but don't write it off just yet. there is still a chance it could become law.

Click on an Anonymous link, and you could be DDoS'ing the US government

FBI: Anonymous has been exploiting Adobe flaws in yearlong, ongoing assault on US gov't sites

Anonymous seems to want revenge after the arrest of Megaupload's founders on piracy charges.

Take care what links you click on, you could be launching a denial-of-service attack against the US government and entertainment industry.

The extradition of TVShack's Richard O'Dywer: is it right?

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With the another UK citizen facing extradition to the US, this time for copyright offences, should the UK really be doing more to rebalance the US-UK extradition process?

NZ recording industry fires first "guilty until proved innocent" shots at alleged pirates

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New Zealand's parliament passed a controversial law earlier this year: the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Act 2011.

The local recording industry has just used it in anger for the first time - and you're guilty unless you can prove you're innocent.

Plug pulled on video game players, as Ubisoft DRM servers attacked

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Suspicions are being raised that disgruntled online games players were behind an attack which bombarded a Ubisoft server with traffic over the weekend, effectively bringing game-playing to a standstill. Video games publisher Ubisoft tweeted an apology to fans of Assassin's Read more…