Anyone who has been reading here for any appreciable amount of time is likely already aware that the Tolkien Estate, representing the family of JRR Tolkien, watches over the world to seek out even the barest possibilities for intellectual property issues concerning the dead author, and then pounces on them with its horde of legal armies.
No shit! Being a huge fan (until I saw the movies that is) I had registered tolkien.com for years and used it as my primary email address. Then, a year or so before the first movie, which was promoted on lordoftherings.net, mind you, I got a cease and desist order (nicely forwarded from their lawyers to German lawyers doubling costs for me) to hand over the domain to them.
The only reason I gave in was that my last name actually is not Tolkien. However, I managed to shorten the bill significantly by signing over the domain to them instead of just giving it up (which was all they could legally force me to) thereby stopping the next in line from grabbing it and turning this into a whack-a-mole game for them.
Can't find the link ATM but there was an article on Telepolis whose author suggested, "treason" was used deliberately to be able to use surveillance techniques on Netzpolitik.org to find about their sources.
Re: I blame pirates while Techdirt blames creators. But then I'm reasonably moral, not a pirate who gains the unearned and whose thefts create the very problems that they then use to justify more piracy.
Who would have thought that being a lying scumbag would be considered "reasonably moral"? Is this some kind of "least truthful answer"? Figures.