Judge overseeing Kim Dotcom’s extradition steps down

Kim Dotcom, whose file-hosting service Megaupload was shut down by the New Zealand and U.S. governments for copyright infringement at the beginning of the year, has had plenty to say about the case until now. But as he awaits news about extradition to the U.S. from New Zealand, he’s become unusually quiet.

Pirates

U.K. court orders all ISPs to block the Pirate Bay

If you’re in the UK, you won’t be able follow the link at the end of this paragraph. In what can be viewed as an unofficial challenge to the hacker community, U.K. courts today ordered all internet service providers within the country to block torrent-sharing website The Pirate Bay.

Too legit to quit? Megaupload was headed for billion dollar IPO before Feds shut it down

Apparently Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is under the impression that when companies go public, it means they are a legitimate business (see Enron, Groupon, etc). Pirate news site TorrentFreak reports that before it was shut down by U.S. authorities, Megaupload was preparing for a billion dollar IPO, and had contacted major accounting firms to have its business audited.

ACTA reeks of death: European Parliament urged to reject the anti-piracy treaty

The European air is rife with the stench of death, which means two things: first, that the highly controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is unlikely to gain approval from the 27 members of the European Parliament. And second, the members of Anonymous have further justification for wearing those masks with the iconic smirk from V for Vendetta .

Piracy

What’s the true cost of piracy? (infographic)

The debate over the true impact of piracy is likely to intensify between now and this summer, as several of the country’s largest Internet service providers inch closer to voluntarily implementing anti-piracy policies from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).

Past Tense

SOPA is essentially dead, and we killed it

Following the news that the Senate is delaying a vote the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) issued a statement today admitting that Congress may need to rethink its approach to thwarting piracy.