Microsoft Uses DMCA To Force Cryptome Offline
from the abuse-of-dmca dept
This is a massive abuse of the DMCA takedown process by Microsoft. The DMCA is designed to stop people from sharing copyrighted information not for the purpose of hiding documents -- and especially not for the purpose of trying to suppress the release of important information.
Furthermore, this kind of move has only served to do one thing: call much more attention to Microsoft's surveillance guide, which, yes, is now much more widely available. On top of that, it's made clear that Network Solutions will immediately buckle under DMCA threats -- so if they're your register, perhaps it's time to look elsewhere. Microsoft is a company that should know better than to abuse the DMCA to stifle free speech, and it seems quite likely that they will end up regretting this decision.
Update: And, of course, now that they've drawn much more attention to the whole thing, Microsoft has withdrawn the takedown.