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The FBI’s Case Against Megaupload? Brought to You By the MPAA

Ask this guy what happens when you cross the MPAA.

Now that Kim Dotcom is in custody, details about the FBI’s two year investigation into Megaupload are surfacing. According to CNET, the grunt work can be traced back to the Motion Picture Association of America.

Record labels and software and videogame companies all accused Megaupload of copyright violations, but it was Hollywood that presented the FBI with  “significant evidence.” Read More

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If the DOJ Has Its Way, Lying About Your Weight On Match.com Could Become a Punishable Offense

Is that even a real flower? Tell us or we'll shoot.

Maybe you should take it easy on the second helpings at Thanksgiving. CNET has gotten its hands on a statement that’s supposed to be delivered by the Justice Department today that would make things like using a fake name on Facebook or entering a false weight on Match.com a crime. Salman Rushdie, we hope you’re paying attention.

In the statement, the DOJ argues that the agency needs to be able to prosecute violations of a website’s “terms of service” policy.  While it opens users up to potentially frivolous violations, the DOJ says scaling back the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA),  “would make it difficult or impossible to deter and address serious insider threats through prosecution,” such as identity theft, privacy invasions, or abuse of government databases. Read More