Cryptome Goes Back Online After Microsoft Withdraws Complaint

Microsoft has withdrawn the copyright complaint which was made under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) against Crytome.org, a website which is popular for publishing information about freedom of speech, cryptography, spying, and surveillance.

The website had been put on a legal lock and was inaccessible to people for a long time after Microsoft used DMCA to ask Network Solutions to block the site when owners of Cryptome.org refused to remove a classified Microsoft document titled Global Criminal Compliance Handbook.

Microsoft announced in a statement that the company had asked Network Solutions to remove legal local put on the popular website. Microsoft’s legal council, Evan Cox, commenting on the withdrawal of complaint said in a statement that “Accordingly, on behalf of Microsoft, I am hereby withdrawing the takedown request and asking that Network Solutions restore internet access to http: cryptome.org as soon as possible.”

Microsoft said that although Cryptome.org had violated copyright laws by posting Microsoft document without seeking permission from the company, the software giant never intended to get the website shut down altogether.

The document in question is the 22-page Global Criminal Compliance Handbook published by Microsoft as a guide for government and law enforcement agencies wanting to access classified user information stored in Microsoft servers in order to prevent mishaps from happening.