Statligt missbruk

Law Professor: Megaupload Prosecution A ‘Depressing Display Of Abuse Of Government Authority’ | Techdirt

The more we hear and see about the government’s case against Megaupload, it really appears that the government was relying almost entirely on the fact that Megaupload looked bad. It’s hard to deny that there were plenty of things that Kim (in particular) did that makes him appear pretty obnoxious. But being a crass showoff doesn’t automatically make you a criminal. Even worse, the government’s action in the case to date seem to be doing everything possible to undermine their own case as they try to railroad Megaupload.

Amerikanska staten lämnar tillbaka beslagtagen website efter ett år

Detta är skälet till att lagar som SOPA/PIPA/CISPA och avtal som ACTA är dåliga. Om det blir så här med dagens möjligheter, hur blir det då när det finns ännu vidare möjligheter att stänga ner sidor?

Amerikanska staten beslagtar en website i över ett år på uppdrag av den privata organisationen RIAA. Några bevis som håller för en rättegång kommer aldrig och websiten lämnas tillbaka utan förklaring.

Federal authorities who seized a popular hip-hop music site based on assertions from the Recording Industry Association of America that it was linking to four “pre-release” music tracks gave it back more than a year later without filing civil or criminal charges because of apparent recording industry delays in confirming infringement, according to court records obtained by Wired.

The Los Angeles federal court records, which were unsealed Wednesday at the joint request of Wired, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the First Amendment Coalition, highlight a secret government process in which a judge granted the government repeated time extensions to build a civil or criminal case against, one of about 750 domains the government has seized in the last two years in a program known as Operation in Our Sites.

Apparently, however, the RIAA and music labels’ evidence against Dajaz1, a music blog, never came. Or, if it did, it was not enough to build a case and the authorities returned the site nearly 13 months later without explanation or apology.

Feds Seized Hip-Hop Site for a Year, Waiting for Proof of Infringement

DRM hindrar legitim användning, inte olaglig fildelning

HBO Decides It Still Isn’t Difficult Enough To Watch HBO Shows | Techdirt

It’s truly amazing that companies like HBO still pursue such strategies. There is not, and never has been, a form of DRM that effectively prevents piracy—but every single form of DRM reduces the value of the product to legitimate subscribers. It’s pretty bizarre to continually punish the only people who aren’t engaged in the behavior you want to stamp out.

Svensk nätretorik klingar ihåligt

Mäktiga intressen kämpar om kontrollen över framtidens internet. I veckan samlades nätaktivister, politiker och företag i Frösundavik för att diskutera nätfrihet i ett globalt perspektiv. Men politikernas retorik klingar ihåligt när övervakningen på hemmaplan blir alltmer omfattande.

“Svensk nätretorik klingar ihåligt” | Kultur | SvD

Kasta inte sten i glashus eller hur var det?