DOJ Articles

DOJ Supports AP Digital News Registry

The Department of Justice said today it supports a proposal by the Associated Press (AP) to develop and operate a voluntary news registry to manage the licensing and online distribution of news content created by the AP, its members and partners.

The department said the registry is not likely to reduce competition among news content owners and could offer procompetitive benefits to both participating content owners and content users.

FBI Arrests Man Who Made YouTube Threat Against Cantor

A Philadelphia man has been arrested and charged for threatening to kill Republican Party Whip Eric Cantor in a video on YouTube, according to the FBI.

Norman Leboon, 33, threatened to kill congressman Cantor and his family in a YouTube video uploaded sometime in late March. In the video Leboon allegedly said: "Remember, Ericour judgment time, the final Yom Kippur has been given." The video then refers to Cantor as "Lucifer, you’re a pig you’re an abomination."

Advocacy Group Asks DOJ To Probe Google Search Results
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Consumer Watchdog today called on the Justice Department to guarantee that its ongoing antitrust probe of Google’s business practices include an investigation into if the company is manipulating its search results to favor its own products.

Hacking Ring Indicted For $9 Million Fraud

A federal grand jury in Atlanta has indicted eight East Europeans on charges of hacking into a computer network operated by the credit card processing company RBS WorldPay, the U.S. Department of Justice said today.

The 16-count indictment alleges the group used sophisticated hacking techniques to compromise data encryption used by RBS WorldPay to protect customer data on payroll debit cards. Payroll debit cards are used by some companies to pay their employees.

Google Facing Antitrust Probe Over Book Deal

Google is facing an antitrust investigation by the Justice Department over its class action deal it reached with publishers and authors to digitize and sell books.

DOJ Hires Antitrust Lawyer For Google/Yahoo Ad Deal

The Justice Department has hired Sanford Litvack, former Walt Disney vice chairman and well known litigator to consult on its inquiry into Google’s search advertising deal with Yahoo.

DOJ Files Complaint Against Internet Ad Company
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The U.S. Department of Justice wants to seize the property and $53 million from the owner of a Florida- based Internet company that allegedly was involved in a massive Ponzi scheme.

A Ponzi scheme is named after Charles Ponzi, who around 100 years ago tricked thousand of New Englanders into investing their money with him. Money from new investors is used to pay off earlier investors until the scheme collapses.

TJX Hackers Charged By Justice Department

Albert “Segvec” Gonzalez, a Miami resident, and ten other people have been charged with crimes associated with the breaches at nine retailers, including the epic penetration of TJX.

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.