Researchers Crack ‘Social DRM’ EBook Watermarks

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Researchers have released a report dissecting the BooXtream 'Social DRM' eBook watermarking system. Inspired by publisher Verso who refused to remove the DRM from an Aaron Swartz book, the Institute for Biblio-Immunology responded by tearing down the privacy-busting system.

Piracy Phishing Scam Targets U.S. ISPs and Subscribers

An elaborate "piracy" phishing operation is targeting U.S. Internet providers and subscribers. Scammers are using the name of anti-piracy tracking company IP-Echelon and rightsholders such as Lionsgate, to send fake DMCA notices and settlement demands to ISPs. U.S. law enforcement has been notified and is currently investigating the matter.

Studios & ISPs Clash Over Aussie Pirate Bay Blockade

The Pirate Bay and other leading torrent sites will be eventually blocked in Australia but the mechanics are far from decided. This week rightsholders and ISPs have been in court fighting over the details. Predictably they're poles apart, and still arguing over who will pay.

Pirate Bay Blockade Lifted By Austrian Court

The Court of Appeal in Austria has lifted an order which forced local ISPs to block The Pirate Bay, isoHunt.to, 1337.to, and the long-defunct h33t.to. In response, rightsholders have made fresh calls for ISPs to block a range of popular movie and TV show streaming sites.

VPN Providers Protest Plans to Expand Government Hacking Powers

Proposed legislative changes that will increase law enforcement’s ability to hack into computers are under attack by a broad coalition. Google, EFF, Demand Progress and FightForTheFuture are joined by TOR, Private Internet Access and other VPN services seeking to block changes to Rule 41.