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Pirates of the Gulf of Guinea

If the Gulf of Guinea rings any bells at all, it’s probably because of the Ebola outbreak in, and upcoming U.S. military “surge” into, Liberia, the nation on the northern edge of that body of water. But for those in the know, the Gulf itself is an intractable hot spot on a vast continent filled with them and yet another area where U.S. military efforts have fallen short.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Companies Will Soon Be Able to Punish You for Illegal Downloads

Beginning this week, the five major Internet service providers—AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Verizon—will be able to take recourse against you if you download—or are suspected of downloading—anything illegally.

Posted on Feb 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Congress Is Loaded With Pirates

In spite of Congress’ attempt to pass supposed anti-piracy laws such as SOPA, some of its employees have been found to be illegally downloading movies and television shows on official computers, a report by the anti-piracy service ScanEye says.

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Beware the Closed Internet, Google Founder Says

In launching a seven-day special investigation into the battle among states, corporations and public advocates for control over the Internet, The Guardian interviewed Google co-founder Sergey Brin, who warned of the isolating effect of online “walled gardens” put up by companies such as Facebook and Apple.

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 READ MORE



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SOPA and PIPA Put on Hold

That’s a big score for defenders of Internet freedom: On Friday, responding to strong public reactions and grass-roots campaigns, key members of the House and Senate put scheduled votes on the über-contentious SOPA and PIPA bills on ice.

Posted on Jan 20, 2012 READ MORE



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The Day the Internet Roared

Wednesday, Jan. 18, marked the largest online protest in the history of the Internet. Websites from large to small “went dark” in protest of proposed legislation before the U.S. House and Senate that could profoundly change the Internet.

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The Internet Fights Back

To protest two pieces of legislation that threaten the free and open Internet as we know it, thousands of websites, including Wikipedia, are taking themselves offline. Others, including Google, are asking users to take action. (more)

Posted on Jan 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Google Takes Objection to Murdoch’s Tweets

Rupert Murdoch is a surprisingly good tweeter, direct and revealing in his comments, but he is also the head of a media conglomerate, so when he loses his cool and fires off a shot at “[p]iracy leader” Google, it has reverberations beyond the nail salon.

Posted on Jan 16, 2012 READ MORE



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The Free Internet Could Soon Die—Is Anyone Watching?

Something called the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) could radically alter the way we share information and ideas online by empowering the FCC and a few corporations to give us what commentator Elliot Cohen explains would be our version of China’s Internet censorship.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE



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A Kinder, Gentler Anti-Piracy Campaign

Busting purveyors and consumers of unsanctioned online music circulation (aka piracy) has typically been the heavy-handed tack taken by record labels and other industry players, but one British outfit, Web Sheriff, prefers kid gloves. (more)

Posted on Jun 10, 2011 READ MORE



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How South Korea Handles Piracy

The rise of piracy in the Arabian Sea has raised difficult legal questions, but there’s little ambiguity about how the accused will be handled by South Korea.

Posted on Feb 3, 2011 READ MORE


Somali Pirates Say They Are Subsidiary of Goldman Sachs

The pirate leader acknowledged that they merged their operations with Goldman in late 2008 to take advantage of the more relaxed regulations governing bankers as opposed to pirates, “plus to get our share of the bailout money.”

Posted on May 2, 2010 READ MORE



AP photo / Elizabeth Williams

15 or Not, Alleged Pirate Will Be Tried as Adult

Whether or not Abduwali Abukhadir Muse is 15, as his father claims, he will be tried in New York as an adult for his alleged role in holding an American ship captain as a hostage. Muse’s mother, on the other side of the world, has asked President Obama for mercy, or to at least let her be with her son.

Posted on Apr 21, 2009 READ MORE


Piracy of Africa [A Cartoon From Jordan]

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Posted on Apr 15, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps / Lance Cpl. Megan E. Sindelar

The Pirates Might Prefer Fish to Guns

Obama’s promise that the U.S. and its allies will put an end to Indian Ocean piracy had the forceful ring to it that good American citizens like to hear, but half the NATO navies aren’t going to change the desperate circumstances that turned Somalia’s fisherman into pirates.

Posted on Apr 14, 2009 READ MORE


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Obama Resolves to ‘Halt the Rise of Privacy’ [sic]

Well, he actually meant piracy, but we get the picture: President Obama followed up on this weekend’s Somali pirate showdown with a salute to the crew of the Maersk Alabama and a pledge to crack down on the problem in the future. Looks like the pirate contingent is planning to take a similar tack toward American sailors.

Posted on Apr 13, 2009 READ MORE


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French Parliament Nixes Web Piracy Bill

Sacre bleu! Some conservative members of France’s parliament are probably regretting their decision to begin their Easter break a little early, as their absence allowed rival socialists to ambush an Internet piracy bill on Thursday.

Posted on Apr 9, 2009 READ MORE



Hollywood Battles Swedish Pirates

The founders of The Pirate Bay, one of the biggest names in file sharing, face up to two years in a hard-core Swedish prison if they can’t convince a judge that their unfortunately named Web site isn’t legally responsible for 115 million kronor worth of media piracy.

Posted on Feb 16, 2009 READ MORE


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U.S. Navy / Spc. Jason R. Zalasky

Team America World Police Swashbuckles With Pirates

A U.S. Navy vessel boarded an alleged pirate skiff and arrested seven suspects Wednesday after a merchant ship radioed that it was under attack. The USS Vella Gulf is part of a U.S. task force launched to curb Somali piracy in the Gulf of Aden. The Navy says it will hand the suspects over to Kenyan authorities.

Posted on Feb 11, 2009 READ MORE



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Pirates Capture Yet Another Ship

A Yemeni freighter has become the 39th vessel seized by Somali pirates this year. Such hijackings have become a common occurrence off the coast of Somalia. Ship owners have called on the U.N. to police the affected waters.

Posted on Nov 25, 2008 READ MORE


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U.K. Cracking Down on Net Piracy

The British government is planning to “significantly reduce” the country’s online file-sharing of copyrighted content, by at least 50 percent, in the next three years through a sequence of warning letters, Internet account suspensions and ultimate expulsion from Internet access.

Posted on Jul 25, 2008 READ MORE


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