• Cambodian Authorities Confirm Pirate Bay Founder, Gottfrid Svartholm, Will Be Deported

    posted by Keito
    2012-09-05 20:40:32
    'Following his arrest last week, it has now been confirmed that Gottfrid Svartholm will be deported from Cambodia. Following a meeting this morning with Swedish authorities, Cambodia’s deputy police commissioner said a decision was taken to kick the Pirate Bay co-founder out of the country. “Wherever he goes, we don’t know,” he said.

    Last week, police arrested Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh.

    Svartholm was arrested in his $750 per month rented apartment above the Cadillac Bar on the riverfront. Some early reports suggested that perhaps he had been arrested for something unrelated to his activities with The Pirate Bay, but by Sunday that notion had all but disappeared.

    “His arrest was made at the request of the Swedish government for a crime related to information technology,” a police spokesman confirmed.

    With no standing extradition treaty between Cambodia and Sweden, some observers questioned how easy it would be to get Svartholm sent back to Sweden to face his jail sentence. But as explained in our article on Sunday, such matters aren’t an issue in Cambodia. There are few Kim Dotcom-style extradition battles there – when authorities want you out, that’s what happens.

    Today we have confirmation that Svartholm will indeed be leaving Cambodia, sooner rather than later.

    According to a report from the local Phnom Penh Post, this morning a meeting took place between National Deputy Police Commissioner General Sok Phal and Swedish authorities. Due to the lack of an extradition treaty, Sweden made a request for Svartholm to be deported. Cambodian authorities appear to have agreed.

    “We will use the Immigration Law against him to deport him out of our country and Minister of Interior Sar Kheng will sign on the deportation request letter from the police commissioner soon,” said Phal.

    In what TorrentFreak is informed is typical of the way issues like this are handled in Cambodia, General Sok Phal said although Svartholm would be deported, he didn’t know where the Swede would end up.

    “We will have to just deport him, wherever he goes, we don’t know, but he has to be out of Cambodia,” he said.

    Unless special arrangements are made it’s likely that Svartholm will end up at Cambodia’s deportation jail, 7 km west of Phnom Penh opposite Pochentong Airport. He is currently being held at an unknown location by the Ministry of Interior’s immigration department.'
  • Japan: Police arrest "anti DRM" journalists

    posted by Keito
    2012-07-22 20:40:49
    4 journalists from SANSAI BOOKS have been arrested for selling, through the company website, a copy of a magazine published last year (with a free cover mounted disc) focused on how to backup/rip DVDs.

    "They violated Japan's Unfair Competition Prevention Law that recently has been revised to make illegal the sale of any DRM circumvention device or software.

    It's interesting to note that Japanese cyber Police could arrest the Amazon Japan CEO too as the online giant is selling a lot of magazines, books and software packages for DVD copy and ripping: exactly what put in trouble Sansai Books staff. But I bet Amazon Japan offices will not get any visit from the local police...

    The Japanese entertainment industry is getting full support from politicians for laws that make SOPA looks like a liberal legislation (from this October downloading a single illegal MP3 could land a Japanese p2p user in jail for 2 years).

    Among other things this law makes illegal all the Linux distributions which come pre-installed with libdvdcss like BackTrack, CrunchBang Linux, LinuxMCE, Linux Mint, PCLinuxOS, Puppy Linux 4.2.1, Recovery Is Possible, Slax, Super OS, Pardus, and XBMC Live.

    Looks like the entertainment industry wants to attack Sansai Books and make it an example for everyone because it is a publishing company focused on digital backup freedom.

    There is virtually no discussion among journalists and technology experts about 4 colleagues arrested. This makes me wonder how a country so advanced like Japan can progess without developing a cultural background about these issues."