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Submission + - Megaupload busted! (

GPLHost-Thomas writes: "Kartoo and (French, linking also to an anti-SOPA youtube video from the Anonymous group) are reporting that the Department of Justice announced Thursday that it has conducted a major (world wide) action to shut down MegaUpload, a popular file-sharing site widely used for free downloads of movies and television shows.
Justice Department indictment of MegaUpload After receiving indictments from a grand jury in Virginia for racketeering conspiracy, conspiracy to commit copyright infringement and other charges on Jan. 5, federal authorities on Thursday arrested four people and executed more than 20 search warrants in the U.S. and eight foreign countries, seizing 18 domain names and an estimated $50 million in assets, including servers run in Virginia and Washington, D.C."


Submission + - The French 3 trikes law now effective (

GPLHost-Thomas writes: The "Haute autorite pour la diffusion des oeuvres et la protection des droits sur Internet" (high authority for distribution of work, and protection of rights on the internet), better known as Hadopi, started last week to send request letters to main French ISPs (article in French) in order to identify subscribers. This is the first step of the "3 strikes riposte" (in French, "riposte graduee"), which will lead in the next following days to sending warning emails. Few ISP (Bouygues, Free, Orange, Numéricable) complained to the "Culture" minister about the fact they wanted to be defrayed, as the "Conseil constitutionnel" advised, and the Iliad group (the one holding Free, the 2nd largest in France after Orange) even said they wouldn't comply if they didn't get an answer to this important question. The high authority said that the 11 million euros they received this year wouldn't be enough to indemnify the ISPs, and even less for the 8.50 Euros per request the telecoms federation is claiming.

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