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Piracy goes 3D as Physibles eye your 3D printer

Piracy goes 3D as Physibles eye your 3D printer

The next copyright controversies will be over physical replicas of digitally distributed objects, it's suggested, using 3D printers and CNC machines to bypass stores and instead print off your own clothes, gadgets and other items. Although currently far-fetched, the "data objects that are able (and feasible) to become physical" - dubbed Physibles by The Pirate Bay - are tipped to be the next hot online commodity, as users share files and design-owners attempt to limit access.

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MegaUpload DIY record label plans made it a target tip conspiracists

MegaUpload DIY record label plans made it a target tip conspiracists

Was MegaUpload's sudden fall at the hands of the US government in part pushed by Universal Media Group and fears the file sharing site was about to launch a DIY record label of its own? That's the latest speculation in the ongoing digital download saga, with suggestions that MegaUpload was readying an upgrade to MegaBox, turning it into a hybrid cloud-locker, distribution platform and pseudo-label that would actually pay artists for offering their tracks for free.

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Anonymous deploys trickster DDoS sites to fuel online attacks

Anonymous deploys trickster DDoS sites to fuel online attacks

A new Anonymous tool deployed in recent days can inadvertently turn casual browsers into participants in a distributed denial-of-service attack, and is believed to have been at least partially responsible for taking Universal Music and other sites offline in MegaUpload-related protests. Although until now Anonymous has focused on the so-called LOIC (Low Orbit Ion Canon) tool to carry out DDoS attacks, a freely downloaded app that helps bombard sites with hits until they are overwhelmed and unresponsive, a new browser-based strategy has surfaced, CNET reports, that creates a DDoS-fueling webpage.

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FileSonic and others cease file sharing amid MegaUpload fallout

FileSonic and others cease file sharing amid MegaUpload fallout

MegaUpload shut-down fallout continues, with rival file-sharing sites FileSonic and Uploaded.to each dramatically slimming their services to avoid allegations of copyright infringement. FileSonic has ceased any new sharing functionality whatsoever, the site now saying that "our services can only be used to upload and retrieve files that you have uploaded personally," while Uploaded.to has blocked US traffic though remains accessible elsewhere in the world.

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SOPA and PIPA delayed indefinitely, Internet Wins

SOPA and PIPA delayed indefinitely, Internet Wins

In what can only be described as seeming to be a Flawless Victory, not a few hours after Senator Harry Reid announced he'd be delaying the vote on PIPA, representative Lamar Smith, better known now as the sponsor of SOPA, has announced he would delay consideration on that bill as well. Both teams have been pressured by waves of not only internet-based groups during the blackout of major websites earlier this week, but by voters calling in from around the nation this week as a result of it. Both groups have noted their intent to "revisit" how to defeat "foreign thieves" in regards to piracy, but would be stopping votes on their legislature for now.

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Protect IP Act vote postponed as Senate ponders revision

Protect IP Act vote postponed as Senate ponders revision

The US Senate vote on the Protect IP Act (PIPA) set to go ahead on January 24 2012 has been postponed, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has confirmed. "In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday's vote on the PROTECT IP Act" Senator Reid tweeted, while TPM posted a full memo distributed by his office that details the decision. While PIPA - along with the Stop Online Piracy Act - was the cause of widespread online protest earlier this week, this postponement doesn't, however, mean the act is dead.

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Anonymous speaks on #OpMegaUpload as CEO Dotcom faces extradition

Anonymous speaks on #OpMegaUpload as CEO Dotcom faces extradition

The FBI's surprise takedown of Megaupload continues to send shockwaves, with increasingly vocal complaints from legitimate users of the online locker service that their files and backups are being held hostage. The unexpected downtime has left many surprised and angry that Megaupload - which the US Department of Justice described as "an international organized criminal enterprise" - has been taken offline with no consideration of non-copyrighted content, a reason some Anonymous members claim was their motivation for involvement in the huge denial-of-service attack yesterday. Meanwhile, reports from New Zealand where company founder Kim Dotcom was arrested suggest the outspoken exec locked himself in a panic room so as to avoid arrest, and was discovered near a sawn-off shotgun.

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Megaupload: Seven charged, Anti-piracy stance a sham say Feds

Megaupload: Seven charged, Anti-piracy stance a sham say Feds

Seven have been charged in the Megaupload copyright shutdown case, including site founder Kim "Dr. Evil" Dotcom, as more details on the $500m suit emerge. At least four of the seven have been arrested so far, the NYTimes reports, though the company's legal team has said in a statement that "Megaupload believes the government is wrong on the facts, wrong on the law." The dramatic shutdown of Megaupload and the seizure of around $50m in assets led to swift response by the hacking community, with collective Anonymous taking down the Department of Justice's site, along with the RIAA, MPAA and Universal Music.

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Anonymous take down Department of Justice, RIAA, MPAA, Universal Music

Anonymous take down Department of Justice, RIAA, MPAA, Universal Music

Earlier today the sites Megaupload and Megavideo were shut down by ICE, a federal group responsible for working with and shutting down groups that pirate media illegally - in retaliation the hacker collective known as Anonymous have shut down the RIAA, the MPAA, Universal Music, and the United States Government site Justice.org, belonging to the Department of Justice. These hits have been confirmed by several anonymously run "official" Anonymous sources such as twitter accounts @Anonops, @AnonymousIRC, and @YourAnonNews, and were likely planned in advance. As a bit of an extra jab after the biggest sites in this situation were downed, Anonymous noted that they should simply say, "for #SOPA supporters their#SOPAblackout is today."

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Megaupload is down, Piracy indictment to blame

Megaupload is down, Piracy indictment to blame

One of the most notoriously popular media uploading and downloading sites in the world has been shut down today amid allegations of piracy and charges amounting to $500 million in lost revenue for pirated content. These charges come from federal prosecutors in Virginia and are being leveled against the founder and others involved with the site. If found guilty, needless to say, Megaupload's owners will stand no chance of revival any time soon.

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