Wednesday, Microsoft sent a DMCA takedown to Network Solutions to force Cryptome’s website pulled down because an internal 22 page Microsof document cover security issues had appeared on the site . This is an incredible abuse of the DMCA by Microsoft. The DMCA is designed meant to stop people from sharing copyrighted works to protect their commercial value. The DMCA was never meant silence unpopular speech. This type of abuse is clear censorship.
This is a clear example of why we need penalties for DMCA abuses. When the DMCA takedown process can be abused to silence unpopular speech there needs to be a way to prevent or punish these abuses.
Update: Microsoft has withdrawn the takedown and Cryptomes website is back up.