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Now the DOJ Is Coming After the Lawyers Who Defended Jane Doe’s Right to an Abortion

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a petition to the Supreme Court arguing that the case of Jane Doe, an undocumented teen who sued for her constitutional right to an abortion, "should not be left on the books for use by...other plaintiffs" because the ACLU lawyers representing her "misled the United States."

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Department of Justice Hacked, Anonymous Taking Credit

A Department of Justice spokeswoman has revealed that several unauthorized users gained access to a server that hosts the Bureau of Justice Statistics' website. You can probably guess who's taking responsibility: Your friendly neighborhood collection of loosely-associated self-proclaimed hacktivists, Anonymous. Anonymous claims that among the spoils of the hack, there are internal emails and a full database dump which may contain data the Bureau has been collecting about cybersecurity incidents.

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Many DoJ, Government Officials Have MegaUpload Accounts

After the seizure of MegaUpload, there were a number of issues to be addressed. First of all, there's the actual prosecution to be dealt with, needless to say, it's going to be a process that will be as complicated as it will be lengthy. That fact is what has given rise to the second big issue: How do you get perfectly legal files back to their perfectly innocent owners? While MegaUpload data was in danger of deletion for a while, it's safe at the moment, and the process of trying to reunite users with their files has led MegaUpload lawyers to take a good look at their former user base. What did they find? Included among the sites many users -- infringers and otherwise -- are a number of government officials, including U.S. Senators and employees of the Department of Justice itself.

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The Department of Justice Wants Fake Facebook Names To Be Illegal

Chances are, you break Terms of Service all the time; most of us do. Usually, it's nothing particularly malicious, like filing a fake name, misreporting your age for one reason or another, or entering gibberish for required fields you don't feel like filling out. All of these are bound to breach any TOS, but what's the big deal, right? It's not against the law. Well, if the Department of Justice has its way, it might be. Turns out the DoJ is arguing to U.S. congress that "prosecutions based upon a violation of terms of service or similar contractual agreement with an employer or provider" are an absolute necessity.

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Department of Justice to End Years of Microsoft Oversight in May

While today's youths probably think of Microsoft as having more indie cred than a megalithic, secretive tech company like, say, Apple, it was not always so: In the '90s, Microsoft was hounded by antitrust accusations, culminating in the landmark United States v. Microsoft case filed in 1998. While the judge in that case ultimately prescribed that Microsoft be split into two separate companies, one to produce the Windows operating system, one to produce other software, Microsoft's lawyers successfully appealed, and one component of the compromise reached was that the Department of Justice would stringently oversee Microsoft's activities via a three-person committee. This oversight commenced in 2002, following the final judgment on United States vs. Microsoft; on May 12th, it will come to an end following a meeting today at which the DoJ, 17 states, and the District of Columbia declined to object to that date. Ars: "There are unlikely to be any immediate implications for Microsoft, with the company saying that it will continue to abide by most of the terms of the settlement anyway ... Nonetheless, the removal of court oversight may allow the company to respond a little more quickly, and a little more aggressively, to the actions of its competitors." (via Ars Technica)

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DoJ Orders Twitter to Hand Over Wikileaks Follower Info

It was a paranoid weekend for some Twitter users when it was revealed that the popular micro-blogging site received a court order from the U.S. Department of Justice to turn over information related to followers of the @WikiLeaks account. From the @WikiLeaks Twitter stream:

WARNING all 637,000 @wikileaksfollowers are a target of US gov subpoena against Twitter, under section 2. B
The order requires Twitter to provide information on specific users, such as IP addresses, physical addresses, and banking information.

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Apple to Be Hit with Antitrust Inquiry Over Restrictive iPhone Dev Policy?

Apple's restrictive development policy for iPad and iPhone 4.0 apps may have broader effects than simply pissing off software developers and the Slashdotters who love them. According to a New York Post report this morning, the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission are both considering slapping Apple with an antitrust inquiry -- which is not a full-scale antitrust investigation, but which typically precedes such investigations -- and the only thing "lock[ing] up negotiations" is which of the two agencies should take the lead.

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MPAA Wants Homeland Security Agents to Protect Their Summer Blockbusters

The EFF passes along the news of a doozy of a bad proposal recently filed by the MPAA and RIAA, representing the film and music industries, respectively. Both have been lobbying the Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, which was created in the final months of the Bush administration, to enact into government policy a swarm of measures designed expressly to, well, help the RIAA and MPAA.

These proposals include spyware on your computer that automatically deletes "infringing" files, pressure on foreign governments to adopt copyright policies mirroring the U.S.'s, and border searches of people's personal media players for "pirate or counterfeit [media] items." The MPAA even wants enforcement agents from the Department of Justice and -- wait for it -- the Department of Homeland Security assigned to work on their schedule to protect their summer blockbusters from dangerous file-sharers.

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