Microsoft gets Cryptome taken down

A copyright complaint from Microsoft has succeeded in getting whistle-blowing site Cryptome.org taken down.

The move will please the US government as stuff it would prefer to keep under wraps is often exposed on the site.

A miffed Microsoft fired off a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice to the site claiming that the posting of a Microsoft surveillance compliance document infringed its copyright.

Site boss John Young counterclaimed on the basis of fair use but that failed to stop Network Solutions pulling the plug.

Wired has helpfully posted the 22-page document on its own site, here, for those who want to know what the fuss is about.

We've got a copy here just in case Wired also disappears from the web.

A mirror of Cryptome.og without the offending document is here.

Cryptome.org isn't here any more.