Cryptome Back Online After Brief DMCA Battle

Cryptome Back Online After Brief DMCA Battle
Cryptome Back Online After Brief DMCA Battle 

By Kelly Jackson Higgins
Feb 25, 2010

In a bizarre up-and-down -- literally -- series of events, the 
controversial site was forced offline yesterday after 
posting a sensitive Microsoft document on its site and was back online 

It all started when Cryptome, which operates as a repository for freedom 
of speech, cryptography, spy, and surveillance information and 
documents, posted a Microsoft surveillance compliance document called 
"Microsoft Online Services Global Criminal Compliance Handbook," and 
Microsoft filed a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice and 
Cryptome refused to remove the document from the site.

Cryptome went back online today, posting a letter that appeared to be 
from its hosting provider Network Solutions stating that Microsoft had 
withdrawn its DCMA complaint. The site boasts that it "welcomes 
documents for publication that are prohibited by governments worldwide, 
in particular material on freedom of expression, privacy, cryptology, 
dual-use technologies, national security, intelligence, and secret 
governance -- open, secret and classified documents -- but not limited 
to those."

Microsoft reportedly said today that it did not want Cryptome taken 
down. "We did not ask that this site be taken down, only that Microsoft 
copyrighted content be removed," Microsoft said in a statement to PC 
Magazine. "We are requesting to have the site restored and are no longer 
seeking the document's removal."


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