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China arrests blogger for Twitter joke

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Internet petition for Chinese blogger arrested after posting Twitter joke about Communist leadership congressChinese internet users are rallying around a Beijing blogger detained by police after posting a joke on Twitter about the pivotal Communist Party congress.Chinese authorities have been especially sensitive to dissent about the party meeting, which last...
China arrests blogger for Twitter joke

Officials Sue Couple Who Removed Their Lawn

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Hugh Pickens writes "The LA Times reports that Orange County officials are locked in a legal battle with a couple accused of violating city ordinances for replacing the grass on their lawn with wood chips and drought-tolerant plants, reducing their water usage from 299,221 gallons in 2007 to 58,348 gallons...
Officials Sue Couple Who Removed Their Lawn

EU Cybercrime Bill Targets Anonymous: Makes It A Criminal Offense To Conduct 'Cyber Attack'

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While we're still sorting through the crazy cybersecurity bill proposals in the US, it appears that some in the EU are going through a similar process. The EU Parliament's "Civil Liberties Committee" has approved a legislative proposal concerning "cyber attacks," which appears to ramp up criminal penalties for all sorts...
EU Cybercrime Bill Targets Anonymous: Makes It A Criminal Offense To Conduct 'Cyber Attack'

Australia arrests and charges self-proclaimed LulzSec leader "Aush0k"

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On Wednesday, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) arrested and charged a 24-year-old man from New South Wales who claims to be the leader of LulzSec. The man, who has not yet been named publicly by the authorities, is believed to be the person behind the online moniker “Aush0k.” Other Australian media have...
Australia arrests and charges self-proclaimed LulzSec leader "Aush0k"
Indicted BitTorrent group used FM, infrared receivers to record movies in theater

"Anonymous" File-Sharing Darknet Ruled Illegal by German Court

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Anonymous file-sharing is booming. Whether it’s BitTorrent through a VPN, proxy, or other anonymizing services, people are increasingly looking to hide their identities online. One application that gained interest earlier this year is RetroShare. Despite being actively developed for more than half a decade, its user-base suddenly increased tenfold in...
"Anonymous" File-Sharing Darknet Ruled Illegal by German Court

Prank Resulting In 2 NFL GMs Talking To Each Other Results In Up To 5 Years Of Prison, $500k Fine

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Insane legal actions over relatively mild pranks are coming fast and furious these days. We just recently discussed the 17 years old high school girl staring down felony charges over a childish year book prank. There have also been several cases of those that fall victim to pranks turning to...
Prank Resulting In 2 NFL GMs Talking To Each Other Results In Up To 5 Years Of Prison, $500k Fine

Officials Sue Couple Who Removed Their Lawn

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Hugh Pickens writes "The LA Times reports that Orange County officials are locked in a legal battle with a couple accused of violating city ordinances for replacing the grass on their lawn with wood chips and drought-tolerant plants, reducing their water usage from 299,221 gallons in 2007 to 58,348 gallons...
Officials Sue Couple Who Removed Their Lawn

German Court Holds Internet User Responsible For Passing On Unknown, Encrypted File

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A natural response to the increasingly harsh enforcement of laws against unauthorized sharing of copyright files is to move to encrypted connections. It seems like a perfect solution: nobody can eavesdrop, and so nobody can find out what you are sharing. But as TorrentFreak reports, a German court has just...
German Court Holds Internet User Responsible For Passing On Unknown, Encrypted File

Proactive Blackout: Finnish Websites Go Dark To Promote Copyright Reform

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A little over a year ago we wrote about Finland's new Citizen's Initiative act, which requires parliament to process any bills proposed by the public if they get 50,000 signatures of support, and the Open Ministry website built to make the process easier. Then, earlier this year, we noted...
Proactive Blackout: Finnish Websites Go Dark To Promote Copyright Reform

April Jones Facebook comments: should Matthew Woods be in prison? | Joshua Rozenberg

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Director of public prosecutions to draft guidelines about prosecution for offensive, indecent, or obscene comments onlineShould Matthew Woods have been sentenced to 12 weeks in prison for making "grossly offensive" remarks about the missing five-year-old girl April Jones on his Facebook page? While Woods, 19, was pleading guilty to the...
April Jones Facebook comments: should Matthew Woods be in prison? | Joshua Rozenberg

Samsung faces paltry fine of $923 for delay in reporting fatal factory gas leak

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Korean police have announced that Samsung will face a fine for late reporting of an acid gas lead at a factory, but the maximum penalty is only $923 (1 million won), Yonhap News reports. The accident took place earlier this week at a semiconductor plant in Hwaseong, South Korea, leaving...
Samsung faces paltry fine of $923 for delay in reporting fatal factory gas leak

Facebook faces £80k privacy fine

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Internet giant still to comply fully with Irish regulators' demand to tighten up privacy practices and delete sensitive data soonerFacebook could be fined up to €100,000 (£80,000) if it does not comply with the orders of Irish regulators within four weeks.The social media site was warned last year to make...
Facebook faces £80k privacy fine

IMAGiNE Member Pleads Guilty to Criminal Copyright Infringement

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Last September, IMAGiNE, one of the Internet’s leading BitTorrent release groups, stopped distributing new films. This immediately sparked speculation that the authorities were onto them, and last month the confirmation came that this was indeed the case. Three weeks ago four members of the group were arrested and charged with...
IMAGiNE Member Pleads Guilty to Criminal Copyright Infringement

Sony fined £250,000 over PlayStation hack

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Information commissioner fines company for security failures after details of millions of gamers were leaked online in 2011Sony Computer Entertainment has been fined a record £250,000 by the data protection watchdog after the personal details of millions of gamers - including passwords and credit card numbers - were leaked online.The...
Sony fined £250,000 over PlayStation hack

Google, Facebook say privacy rules bad for economy

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They may be battling each other tooth-and-nail to win over online advertisers. But Google and Facebook are on the same side when it comes to opposing new data-handling privacy laws fast-gelling in Europe and the U.S. On Wednesday, the European Union formally proposed strict rules that could restrict much of...
Google, Facebook say privacy rules bad for economy

Court Forbids Linking to Pirate Bay Proxies

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After two Dutch ISPs were ordered to censor The Pirate Bay earlier this year there was an influx of visitors to Pirate Bay proxy sites. In an attempt to take these proxies offline the Hollywood funded anti-piracy group BREIN obtained an injunction against one of the sites and used this...
Court Forbids Linking to Pirate Bay Proxies

Ethiopia Sentences U.S. Blogger to Life in Prison

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The Federal High Court in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa sentenced expatriate journalist and blogger Elias Kifle to life in prison yesterday. Kifle is the editor of the Washington D.C.-based blog, Ethiopian Review. He was sentenced in absentia and remains in the United States. It was originally reported that...
Ethiopia Sentences U.S. Blogger to Life in Prison

Vietnam suppresses its bloggers with long jail terms after unfair trials

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A major report highlighting the plight of bloggers in Vietnam was published today. It reveals that 32 bloggers and netizens are currently in detention and accuses the Vietnamese authorities of routinely subjecting bloggers to arbitrary detention, harassment, intimidation, assaults and violations of fair trial rights. The 42-page report, entitled Bloggers...
Vietnam suppresses its bloggers with long jail terms after unfair trials

Prank Resulting In 2 NFL GMs Talking To Each Other Results In Up To 5 Years Of Prison, $500k Fine

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Insane legal actions over relatively mild pranks are coming fast and furious these days. We just recently discussed the 17 years old high school girl staring down felony charges over a childish year book prank. There have also been several cases of those that fall victim to pranks turning to...
Prank Resulting In 2 NFL GMs Talking To Each Other Results In Up To 5 Years Of Prison, $500k Fine

UK Seize Popular Music Blog, Arrest Operators and Threaten Readers

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Founded in 2008, RnBXclusive.com quickly became one of the most popular R&B / hip hop blogs. With over a quarter million fans on Facebook it was the go-to destination for many music fans. But that all changed today when the UK Government’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) took over the...
UK Seize Popular Music Blog, Arrest Operators and Threaten Readers

LulzSec's 'Sabu' has sentencing postponed - but could face 124 years

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Hector Xavier Monsegur, who led the LulzSec hacking crew as 'Sabu', was in fact a double agent working for the FBIUS prosecutors have postponed the sentencing of "Sabu" - real name Hector Xavier Monsegur - who led the LulzSec hacking crew during the summer of 2011 while working as a...
LulzSec's 'Sabu' has sentencing postponed - but could face 124 years

Examining Virtual Crimes

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GamePolitics has an article about a research paper issued by the AU government's Institute of Criminology titled "Crime Risks of Three-Dimensional Virtual Environments." The paper discusses the legal questions raised by game worlds and avatars, ranging from regulation of in-game currency to a report of virtual rape. "A person controlling...
Examining Virtual Crimes

New Philippine law outlaws cybersex

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In a new legislation recently signed into law by the country’s president, the Philippines has outlawed cybersex and online sex video chat (you might know them as "cam girls") as part of a comprehensive new anti-cybercrime and libel law. The Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 defines cybersex as "the willful...
New Philippine law outlaws cybersex

IMAGiNE BitTorrent Piracy Group Members All Plead Guilty

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Last September IMAGiNE stopped distributing new films. As it was one of the Internet’s leading BitTorrent release groups the hiatus sparked speculation that the authorities were onto them. A few months later the confirmation arrived that this was indeed the case. In April, Jeramiah Perkins, 39, of Portsmouth, Va., Gregory...
IMAGiNE BitTorrent Piracy Group Members All Plead Guilty

Tom Daley, Twitter abuse and the law | Joshua Rozenberg

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Twitter users have to understand that every tweet is a broadcast - even if it's prefaced with an @Debate has been raging in the Twittersphere about whether Dorset police overreacted by arresting a 17-year-old in the early hours "on suspicion of malicious communications".The police were responding to a tweet sent...
Tom Daley, Twitter abuse and the law | Joshua Rozenberg

U.S. Attorney breaks silence, defends prosecution of Aaron Swartz

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U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, under fire for the prosecution of Internet entrepreneur and activist Aaron Swartz, on Wednesday issued her first statement responding to the controversy that has followed Swartz's suicide. Ortiz offered "heartfelt sympathy," but said her office's "conduct was appropriate in bringing and handling this case." She noted...
U.S. Attorney breaks silence, defends prosecution of Aaron Swartz
From gigabytes to petadollars: copyright math begets copyright currency

Virginia man owes $1.5 million for sharing 10 porn films

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A Virginia man has been ordered to pay $1.5 million to porn publisher Flava Works for uploading 10 of its copyrighted films to peer-to-peer networks. The default judgment, entered after defendant Kywan Fisher failed to show up in court, was the maximum penalty the judge could have imposed. Flava Works...
Virginia man owes $1.5 million for sharing 10 porn films
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