US Embassy Threatens to Close Domain Registry Over ‘Pirate Bay’ Domain – TorrentFreak


The US Embassy in Costa Rica has threatened to have the country’s domain registry shut down unless it suspends ThePirateBay.cr. The registry says it won’t comply without a court order and has written to the ICANN organization to complain about harassment and personal insults.

Source: US Embassy Threatens to Close Domain Registry Over ‘Pirate Bay’ Domain – TorrentFreak

Court: State Not Justified In Seizing Grandmother’s House After Her Son Sold $140 Of Marijuana | Techdirt

Pennsylvania has some of the worst civil asset forfeiture laws in the country. At the top of list of perverse incentives? 100% of proceeds go to the agency that seized the property. As a result, all sorts of abusive forfeitures occur. In one case, law enforcement seized a couple’s house because of a single $40 drug sale by their son.

Source: Court: State Not Justified In Seizing Grandmother’s House After Her Son Sold $140 Of Marijuana | Techdirt

Mylan chairman: Drug pricing critics ought to go copulate with themselves | Ars Technica UK


Mr. Coury replied that he was untroubled. He raised both his middle fingers and explained, using colorful language, that anyone criticizing Mylan, including its employees, ought to go copulate with themselves. Critics in Congress and on Wall Street, he said, should do the same. And regulators at the Food and Drug Administration? They, too, deserved a round of anatomically challenging self-fulfillment.

Source: Mylan chairman: Drug pricing critics ought to go copulate with themselves | Ars Technica UK

Denuvo Accused of Using Unlicensed Software to Protect its Anti-Piracy Tool – TorrentFreak

In what could be a severe case of irony overload, anti-piracy company Denuvo is being accused of using unlicensed software to protect its infamous anti-piracy tool. A developer of VMProtect, software which itself protects against reverse engineering and cracking, says that Denuvo has been using the product without obtaining the necessary permission.

Source: Denuvo Accused of Using Unlicensed Software to Protect its Anti-Piracy Tool – TorrentFreak

Cloudflare goes berserk on next-gen patent troll, vows to utterly destroy it using prior-art bounties • The Register


Web giant wants to invalidate Blackbird Tech’s designs, get them thrown out of profession

Source: Cloudflare goes berserk on next-gen patent troll, vows to utterly destroy it using prior-art bounties • The Register

We are ‘heroes,’ says police chief whose force frisked a photographer • The Register


Brit plod used Terrorism Act to collar snapper. Hello, 2005

Source: We are ‘heroes,’ says police chief whose force frisked a photographer • The Register

Alabama Sheriff In Court For Starving Inmates, Paying Critic’s Grandson To Install Keylogger On Her Computer | Techdirt

A number of statutes and practices have created perverse incentives for law enforcement, but none are nearly so blatant as this Alabama state law governing the feeding of inmates. The law, passed over 100 years ago, says law enforcement personnel — mainly sheriffs — can keep whatever’s left over from state and federal inmate food stipends. This doesn’t mean the leftover money is routed to a general fund or used to defray law enforcement/jail-related expenses. No, this means the money flows from taxpayers, (mostly) bypasses prisoners, and ends up in sheriffs’ personal checking accounts. (via Radley Balko)

Source: Alabama Sheriff In Court For Starving Inmates, Paying Critic’s Grandson To Install Keylogger On Her Computer | Techdirt