The Nation’s Criminals Can’t Keep Up With The Government’s Legalized Theft Programs | Techdirt

A comment to this story hit the bullseye:

In the 1980s we passed forfeiture laws to battle the largest criminals but look where we are now. If you want to know how the special powers we’re giving government to battle terrorism will end up, just look at this program.

Source: The Nation’s Criminals Can’t Keep Up With The Government’s Legalized Theft Programs | Techdirt

No Copyright Trolls, Your Evidence Isn’t Flawless – TorrentFreak


If you get a letter through the post accusing you of Internet piracy, you must be guilty. That’s the message from most copyright trolls and infuriatingly, even some ‘neutral’ lawyers commenting on these cases. But while it might seem daunting, putting up a fight is not only the right thing to do, but can also cause claimants to back off.

Source: No Copyright Trolls, Your Evidence Isn’t Flawless – TorrentFreak

| Seven Things I Did To Reboot My LifeWIL WHEATON dot NET

This is neither ignorant nor unreasonable, just an extremely good post from Wil Wheaton that everyone should read.


I had this epiphany at the beginning of September: This thing that I’m doing? This series of choices I make every day? It isn’t working. I don’t like the way I feel, I don’t like the way I look, I don’t like the things I’m doing. Things need to change.

Source: | Seven Things I Did To Reboot My LifeWIL WHEATON dot NET

European Patent Office Threatens Blogger With Defamation Lawsuit For Criticism | Techdirt

World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) is reporting that the European Patent Office, EPO, has threatened Roy Schestowitz with a defamation lawsuit over a blog post he did. Schestowitz writes the Techrights blog, which I personally think can go overboard with some of its stories at times. However, to argue that his stories are defamation, especially by a government agency, is crazy.

Source: European Patent Office Threatens Blogger With Defamation Lawsuit For Criticism | Techdirt

Busted Pirate Told to Get 200K YouTube Hits or Face Huge Fine – TorrentFreak

A software pirate is facing the most unusual punishment ever seen in a copyright infringement action. The man lost a case brought by an anti-piracy group but couldn’t pay damages, so instead agreed to star in PSA showcasing his life as a pirate. If that film doesn’t get 200K hits on YouTube, he’ll be required to pay a large fine.

Source: Busted Pirate Told to Get 200K YouTube Hits or Face Huge Fine – TorrentFreak

NSA Collected Americans’ E-mails Even After it Stopped Collecting Americans’ E-mails – Schneier on Security

The NSA continually plays this shell game with Congressional overseers. Whenever an intelligence-community official testifies that something is not being done under this particular program, or this particular authority, you can be sure that it’s being done under some other program or some other authority. In particular, the NSA regularly uses rules that allow them to conduct bulk surveillance outside the US — rules that largely evade both Congressional and Judicial oversight — to conduct bulk surveillance on Americans. Effective oversight of the NSA is impossible in the face of this level of misdirection and deception.

Source: NSA Collected Americans’ E-mails Even After it Stopped Collecting Americans’ E-mails – Schneier on Security

Did You Hear About How ISIS Has A Sophisticated Training Manual For Encryption? Yeah, It Was Actually A Pamphlet For Journalists And Activists | Techdirt

The “manual” was “discovered” by analysts at the Combating Terrorism Center, based out of the US Military Academy at West Point. Thankfully, Buzzfeed has the details, noting that the guide, created by a cybersecurity firm in Kuwait, named Cyberkov, is actually a guide for journalists and activists to protect their communications from oppressive governments. And there’s nothing particularly secret about it, as apparently it’s basically just repurposed stuff from the EFF’s website

Source: Did You Hear About How ISIS Has A Sophisticated Training Manual For Encryption? Yeah, It Was Actually A Pamphlet For Journalists And Activists | Techdirt