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Anonymous attacks Sweden for Pirate Bay Justice

Anonymous attacks Sweden for Pirate Bay Justice

Anonymous is at it once again, this time launching what is being called "the biggest thing to ever happen in Anonymous history." The group posted a video to YouTube yesterday in which is calls for Anonymous supporters to help it attack a number of Swedish government sites for the perceived slights against The Pirate Bay and controversial Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Today, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that, sure enough, a number of Swedish websites have been taken offline after being flooded with traffic.

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Pirate Bay founder deported by Cambodia to Swedish authorities

Pirate Bay founder deported by Cambodia to Swedish authorities

One of the four defendants in a case facing The Pirate Bay off against several major entertainment companies, founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, was deported this week from Cambodia to rest in the hands of Swedish authorities. Warg was arrested on the 2nd of September from his rented apartment in Cambodia by Cambodian police at the request of Sweden and was sent to Sweden, arriving on a Thai Airways Flight on Monday night. Sweden and Cambodia had no extradition treaty in place between one another at the time of the incident, so the push was made as an immigration violation so that it could be handled without a hearing in court.

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Pirate Bay co-founder arrested for jail sentence no-show

Pirate Bay co-founder arrested for jail sentence no-show

The war on filesharing has stepped up a notch, with Cambodian police arresting a co-founder of notorious site The Pirate Bay on the instruction of Swedish investigators. Gottfrid Svartholm Warg was held after failing to report for his year-long jail sentence as ruled in February, with a spokesperson in Cambodia confirming to AFP that while there is no extradition treaty in place with Sweden, "we'll look into our laws and see how we can handle this case."

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Ubisoft claims 93-95% piracy rate on its PC games

Ubisoft claims 93-95% piracy rate on its PC games

Piracy on PC is a big deal for publishers, but Ubisoft always seems to be in the spotlight when there's a new story on piracy or DRM. It's hardly a secret that Ubisoft has major issues with piracy, but before it's never really gotten down to hard numbers. Today, that changed in an interview with GamesIndustry International, in which Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said that Ubisoft experiences a piracy rate of 93-95% on its PC games.

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Department of Justice, FBI seize three Android pirate sites

Department of Justice, FBI seize three Android pirate sites

The federal government has continued its crack down on piracy, with the Department of Justice announcing that three different sites which market pirated Android apps have been shut down. The websites in question - applanet.net, appbucket.net and snappzmarket.com - are now all under the government's control, and all three display the same copyright notice that has graced Megaupload for the better part of the year. The DoJ says that this is the first time any websites relating to pirated mobile apps have been shut down.

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Google’s new search policy leaves free Internet advocates worried

Google’s new search policy leaves free Internet advocates worried

Yesterday, Google announced that it will begin using copyright takedown notices to influence where sites show up in search results. The general idea behind it is that if a site has a lot of takedown notices (made under DMCA), it risks being demoted in search rankings. Obviously, this new decision has won the hearts of copyright advocates like the MPAA and the RIAA, but it's making those who would keep the Internet free and open a little uneasy.

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Google proclaims war on piracy

Google proclaims war on piracy

It's time for Google to stand up to illegitimate sources of content, or so they say, with a new rankings system based on the number of valid copyright removable notices they receive. It's not long now that pirates of all types will be having a much harder time finding that torrent of the newest blockbuster film they've been wanting to see since it came out a day ago. Today's announcement from Google is just one more update to their copyright removal initiative re-booted just over two years ago.

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Demonoid taken down by Ukrainian authorities

Demonoid taken down by Ukrainian authorities

Chalk another one up for the governments waging this anti-piracy war we keep hearing so much about, as Ukrainian authorities have taken down Demonoid. The raid on Demonoid's servers comes after the torrent tracking giant suffered a large-scale DDoS attack a few days before, and it seems that the US may have been involved in some way. Reports say that Anti-Cyber ​​Research Affairs of Kiev conducted the raid on Demonoid host ColoCall, copying all of the information on Demonoid's servers before shutting them down.

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“Unbelievably high” Android piracy forced free app decision says game dev

“Unbelievably high” Android piracy forced free app decision says game dev

Mobile game developer Madfinger Games has blamed rampant Android app piracy for the sudden decision to drop its title DEAD TRIGGER from $1 to free, re-opening arguments about how much Google does to protect devs. "Even for one buck, the piracy rate is soooo giant" Madfinger Games wrote on its Facebook wall, "that we finally decided to provide DEAD TRIGGER for free."

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Steve Wozniak speaks: Megaupload frustrations, Microsoft praise and Google Glass lust

Steve Wozniak speaks: Megaupload frustrations, Microsoft praise and Google Glass lust

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has spoken out on his frustrations around the Megaupload case, as well as praising Microsoft's visual design as something Steve Jobs would be proud of. The outspoken exec voiced his dissatisfaction with the Kim Dotcom case while at the Entel Summit in Chile, FayerWayer reports, refusing to comment on whether he believes high-ranking politicians had a hand in the investigation, but expressing dismay at some of the techniques used to bring Dotcom to trial.

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