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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Copyright Outfit Thanked Government for Domain Seizures

Copyright Outfit Thanked Government for Domain Seizures

Copyright Outfit Thanked Government for Domain Seizures

Added: Tuesday, December 28th, 2010
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
A2IM (American Association of Independent Music) has written a letter to thank Director of the country’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement, for playing “online cop” and doing his best to ensure that artists earn an appropriate reward for their work.

After the domain seizures of about a hundred websites, there’s another perplexing position taken – A2IM is now calling for indie labels, musicians, and broadband providers to thank the government for shutting down websites daring to promote the works of indie musicians and labels like those A2IM represents. The outfit has recently issued a call to action, urging the parties relying upon music having value to voice their gratitude to John Morton, Director of the country’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement, by writing him a letter to thank for seizing the domains of more than 80 websites.

The Association emphasized that it has been calling on government to help fight piracy for years, pointing at the sites promoting the devaluation of music. But only in recent months both the Congress and the Obama Administration have begun to pay attention to those calls. The ICE has finally taken some aggressive actions against services facilitating copyright infringement, and seized the domains of around a hundred websites. Of course, since then the authorities have been taking heat in the Internet and even print media for their action, which is not right. The outfit claims that it’s very important that the music community let them know how vital their actions are. That’s why it asks everyone to send a note to the ICE and thank them for what they’re doing.

The only problem is that what the ICE is “doing” contradicts the best interests of the indie musicians A2IM supposedly represents. While the outfit claims to be dedicated to its Members and to promoting sector opportunity for them, it somehow manages to appraise silencing websites serving as important promotion instruments for music of its members. Thus, the move of the outfit may be considered as quite a strange one. Besides, it’s known for a while that seizure of over 80 domain names did absolutely nothing to address a “whack-a-mole” market situation, because many of the targeted websites reappeared just within the hours after the action. Whatever the intentions of the government were, shutting down websites that help grow indie musicians’ business and reach new fans can never be a smart idea.

December 28th, 2010

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Date:  Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

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posted by Blocked (2010-12-28 23:06:43)
menahunie avatarHave you ever wondered why it is ICE doing this and not the FBI?
Copyright enforcement is the jurisdiction of the FBI and NOT ICE..
Could it be the FBI has more common sense that a crime has yet to be proven?
Also has anyone heard of any of these seized domain holder being charged criminally? That is the grounds ICE is using to seize their domains with out due process.. I their writ for the "warrant" they claim a crime is being committed to have the "warrant" granted in the first place..

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