DOJ Articles

Justice Department Steps Up Google, Yahoo Probe
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Antitrust regulators will take a closer look at the potential implications of an advertising deal made by Google and Yahoo last month.

A Neutral Net Will Save The Watchdogs

Something is starkly wrong when diametrically opposed ideologues join hands in public to protest something else. That something wrong, in a nutshell: the government and communications companies working in concert to erode the freedoms that made our country great.

Feds Can’t Have ISP Records

A federal judge said no to part to the Democrat green-lighted new version of the Patriot Act yesterday. The Feds will have to get permission from the court before they can order ISPs to turn over customer records without telling the customer.

I invoked him yesterday, and I’m invoking him again today, Nelson Muntz joins all of us as we point at the DOJ and the FBI and give a collective "Ha ha!"

DOJ Likes Packet Sniffing, Votes For AT&T
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Your first thought may be: What’s the Department of Justice got to do with Net Neutrality? Well, essentially nothing at this point, except that the FCC asked the Antitrust Division for its opinion. The Commission could have saved some time by just jotting down what AT&T said.

Google, Complain To DOJ About Microsoft
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Google’s request for extensions of some of Microsoft’s antitrust consent decree received naught but an icy rejection from the bench.

Microsoft, Google Settle Vista Complaint
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The Department of Justice has reached an agreement with Microsoft that will end a complaint made by Google about a Vista feature.

Google Gets Former DOJ Lobbyist

Lobbyists work on behalf of all sorts of nasty causes – some people might not approve of oil companies and tobacco corporations, for example.  But lobbyists also work on behalf of charitable organizations and the like.  And now one more lobbyist works for Google.

Extradited Software Pirate Pleads Guilty

The leader of one of the oldest and most well known Internet software piracy groups, Hew Raymond Griffiths has pleaded guilty to criminal copyright infringement charges, in one of the first extraditions for an intellectual property offense.

Griffiths, a British national living in Bateau Bay, Australia was extradited in February 2007 to face charges in U.S. District Court.

EBay Pirate Locked Down By DOJ

An Indiana man was sentenced to over two years in prison for selling over $700,000 worth of counterfeit software on eBay, the US Department of Justice announced.

Courtney Smith, 36, of Anderson, Ind., was sentenced in US District Court to 27 months in prison, a two-year supervised release, and will face fines and restitution in excess of $7,000. That’s a pretty stiff penalty considering he only made $4,000 from the sale of pirated Rockwell Automation software.

DOJ Ramps Up Online Predator Campaign

Three agencies have partnered to raise awareness and educate teenage girls about the potential dangers of posting and sharing information online.The U.S. Department of Justice, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the Ad Council all are focused on their Online Sexual Exploitation public service advertising (PSA) campaign.

DOJ Arrests Porn Site Operator

A Brazilian website operator was arrested in Orlando, Fla. On charges of conspiracy to distribute “obscene matters,” the U.S. Dept. of Justice said in a joint-statement with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

DOJ Cold To Google’s IE7 Complaint
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The Department of Justice didn’t buy Google’s complaint that Microsoft’s 7th version of Internet Explorer violated antitrust measures by setting MSN Search as the default search engine, bundled with next year’s release of Windows Vista. Having worldwide dominance in search probably didn’t help Google’s case.

KinderStart Lawsuit Googles Up Opinions
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As one lawsuit ends, Google finds another one cropping up in the wake of its victory over the Department of Justice; plenty of opinions have followed the news of the new litigation.

Judge Stiffarms DoJ In Google Case

What began as a quest for virtually unfettered access to Google’s database of search information by the Department of Justice has ended with a judge’s decision that the DoJ receive 50,000 URLs retrieved with Google’s search engine, and zero queries.

Americans Tell DOJ to Keep Hands Off Search Data

A new study by the Center for Survey Research at the University of Connecticut suiggest 65% of Americans oppose government monitoring of search behavior with 50% saying search engines should not turn over any information to the government.

DOJ, Google Battle In Court Tuesday

The Department of Justice has asked the presiding judge in Gonzales v. Google to impose a 21-day deadline for Google to hand over the search records DOJ requested in August 2005.

DOJ Interested In Digital Music Pricing

Subpoenas for more information from the major music labels are arriving from the Department of Justice, with industry sources claiming DOJ has opened a new investigation into possible industry collusion on prices.

Lots at Stake if Google Loses to the DOJ

CNet reports that Google could face a second subpoena, should the U.S. Justice Department successfully get the information it wants from the search engine.

Google Subpoena Woes Double

If Google does not succeed in fending off Gonzalez v Google, the ACLU said it would have to ask for the same information the government requested.

Battle Begins Over Vista Setup Screens

Ars reports that the U.S. Department of Justice has received a complaint from a company, likely HP, that Microsoft is not complying with earlier antitrust rulings in regards to the Windows Vista setup process.

Search Engines: Release DOJ Data

After all, as Cory Doctorow et al at BoingBoing point out, if there is no personally identifiable information in the data, there is no reason to keep it from being posted for review.