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Elite Anti-Terror Police Went After Megaupload's Kim Dotcom - TorrentFreak. While last month's shutdown of Megaupload has been well documented, the finer details of the raid on Kim Dotcom's mansion have only just been revealed. A new and astonishing report features a house tour and in-depth discussion with Dotcom's bodyguard. He was confronted by dozens of armed police, some from New Zealand's elite anti-terrorist force, who also demanded of a nanny: "Do you have any bombs?! " Even after taking in the details of today’s 3Newz report several times, it is harder than ever to comprehend what happened at the Dotcom mansion last month. We knew that dozens of police swooped on the location in helicopters and we knew they were armed. But what is even more unbelievable is that some of them were from the Special Tactics Group, New Zealand’s elite counter-terrorist force.

STG, nicknamed “Super Tough Guys”, train with the country’s Special Air Force and are sent in to deal with the most violent of offenders. Yet no one in the Dotcom household had any record of violence. The Entire Copyright Monopoly Idea is Based on a Colossal Lie. The copyright monopoly is based on the idea of an exchange. In exchange for exclusive rights, the copyright industry supplies culture and knowledge to the public. It turns out that the entire premise is a lie, as untethered creators are racing to provide culture and knowledge anyway. The copyright monopoly was reinstated in Great Britain in 1710, after having lapsed in England in 1695. It was enacted because printers (not writers) insisted, that if they didn’t have exclusive rights to boost profitability, nothing would get printed. (Do note the difference between books getting written on one hand, and getting printed and distributed on the other.

The Parliament of Great Britain accepted this premise, and thus, the social contract of the copyright monopoly was formed: “In return for providing the only service that can make culture come into being for the benefit of the public, the publishers and distributors are awarded with time-limited exclusive rights.” About The Author. ICANN Refuses to Play Piracy Police. In recent months copyright lobby groups have pressured the domain name system oversight body ICANN to take action against pirate sites.

The organization is not happy with these calls and wants them to stop, making it crystal clear that they are not the Internet's piracy police. In recent years copyright holders have demanded stricter anti-piracy measures from ISPs, search engines and payment processors, with varying results. Continuing this trend, various entertainment industry groups are now going after organizations that manage and offer domain name services. The most influential organization in this industry is without a doubt ICANN, the main oversight body for the Internet’s global domain name system.

Among other things, ICANN develops policies for accredited registrars to prevent abuse and illegal use of domain names. In recent months the RIAA, MPAA and other copyright industry groups have encouraged the organization to strengthen its anti-piracy policies. Anti-Piracy Measures Putting Internet Users at Risk. While entertainment companies and authorities believe they are necessary to stem the tide of online infringement, many current anti-piracy strategies are putting Internet users at risk.

Domain suspensions, seizures, plus search engine down-rankings are all playing a part in creating a less-safe online environment. While it’s not entirely clear when the theory first appeared, the notion that cutting the head off one file-sharing site results in the creation of several others has been in circulation for many years. The analogy, regularly referred to as the file-sharing ‘hydra’, is often deployed in response to action taken by entertainment companies and local authorities. Tripping off tongues somewhat easily, the defensive reaction paints anti-piracy measures as a futile waste of time.

Nevertheless, the outrage these measures often provoke suggest that they do have some impact, if only the raising of blood pressure and gnashing of teeth among site users. Domain attacks – blocks. 5 Ways To Download Torrents Anonymously. With anti-piracy outfits and dubious law-firms policing BitTorrent swarms at an increasing rate, many Bittorrent users are looking for ways to hide their identities from the outside world. To accommodate this demand we'll give an overview of 5 widely used privacy services. With an increasing number of BitTorrent users seeking solutions to hide their identities from the outside world, privacy services have seen a spike in customers recently.

Below we’ve listed some of the most-used services that allow BitTorrent users to hide their IP-addresses from the public. The services discussed in this post range from totally free to costing several dollars a month. The general rule is that free services are generally slower or have other restrictions, while paid ones can get you the same speeds as your regular connection would. Hundreds and thousands of BitTorrent users have already discovered that a VPN is a good way to ensure privacy while using BitTorrent. BTGuard. How To Use Usenet. Usenet is considered to be the most “private” way to share files.

In other words, no MPAA or RIAA watching your back. It is fast, has a lot of content, and it’s getting more popular, even though the technology is almost 30 years old. Time for an introduction. Sounds great, but let me start off with the downside to Usenet. The biggest disadvantage is that high speed Usenet servers are not free. The Quick Solution For those who are new to Usenet and want the easy route, we recommend trying a free trial at Easynews. The free trial is for 14 days, which comes with up to 30 GB of downloads. If you’re not satisfied with Easynews you can try other providers. The Alternative Solution 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Note: Your username/password are case sensitive! 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. NZB file”> 11.

Downloading: That’s all there is! The following isn’t completely necessary but can save alot of time, especially if you don’t want to deal with 100s of par/rar files. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. TorrentFreak - Breaking File-sharing, Copyright and Privacy News.