I seriously doubt that Microsoft had a “change of heart.” The fact that they even pulled something like having them shutdown makes me glad that I don’t use their products. I wish more people would move away from them. Also, there’s the fact that an ISP would cave in to Microsoft (using a questionable DMCA argument) and shut down a customer’s website without any proof that their customer was doing anything wrong (other than Microsoft’s claim).
From The Register:
Microsoft has rescinded the copyright complaint that resulted in the shutdown of the long-standing whistleblower website, Cryptome.org, after it published Redmond’s spy guide for law enforcement.
The company said it has asked Cryptome’s ISP, Network Solutions, that the website be restored and that it no longer wants the offending document to be killed. On Wednesday, Cryptome hosted a 22-page PDF that outlines what information Microsoft gathers about its users and what can be handed over to authorities if required.
Similar guidelines for law enforcement have leaked their way to the website before, exposing the policies of Facebook, AOL, Skype, and Yahoo, among others.
Microsoft lawyers swung the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA) in an attempt to force Cryptome to pull the document. When it refused to take action, Microsoft complained to Network Solutions, which not only closed the website, but placed a lock on the Cryptome.org domain to keep it closed.