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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > US Official Defended About Recent Domain Seizure

US Official Defended About Recent Domain Seizure

US Official Defended About Recent Domain Seizure

Added: Friday, January 21st, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Last November the US Government seized over 80 domain names that were accused of being engaged in copyright infringement. BitTorrent meta-search engine Torrent-Finder was also included into the list. Just after the event, there has been much critique over the seizure, but the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement has now come out to defend what they did. Unluckily, his misleading comments didn’t help excuse the recent actions of his office.


Two months ago 82 domain names had been seized by the Department of Justice and ICE, which rapidly became known in the Internet. Meanwhile, the seizure of the Torrent-Finder domain name has been discussed particularly widely.

The legitimacy of the government’s actions was questioned from the very beginning, and the site founder is now doing his best to get his domain name back via expensive legal procedure. Although within the past few weeks the departments involved in the operation haven’t been responding to the critique, now ICE director broke the silence.

Trying to defend the domain seizures, ICE director John Morton said that all seized websites were “knowingly selling counterfeit goods”. He added that they are going to enforce the legislation. It’s that simple. For him, it seems to be so, but not for the rest.

First of all, BitTorrent trackers can’t be connected to counterfeit goods, since their definition is an imitation of a product sold as the real deal. That can be applied to things like fake watches and similar products, but not to digital files found through search engines like Torrent-Finder. Meanwhile, John Morton claims such fake goods have been sold at the website, which is again untruth – all similar sites, Torrent-Finder included, are offering such services for free. As it can be seen, there’s nothing to sell, and certainly not any counterfeit products.

However, the most worrying thing is Morton’s words about the upcoming law. It’s still not clear what kind of law can mandate the seizure of a site linking to other sites that, in their turn, may link to copyrighted content. In fact, if there’s any suspicion that Torrent-Finder violated the law, it would be a civil dispute under current legislation. In other words, both the documentation and official response from the authorities over the seizure of domains are simply untruths.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article

January 21st ,2011

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Date:  Friday, January 21st, 2011

Comments (3) (please add your comment »)

posted by Vip MemberET loverSuperman (2011-01-21 12:30:28)
bubanee avatarInteresting reading, Cheers SaM

posted by (2011-01-21 16:36:56)
Most_UniQue avatarHonestly it's BS. Instead of seizing the domain. Go for the people who download/upload. I know that I would be one of those but that's what makes sense. The domain creators do nothing wrong. It's the users. Just saying that the government seems to have it wrong.

posted by (2011-01-22 16:14:43)
Chaosray avatarI'm still trying to figure out just why Immigration and Customs Enforcement is busy targeting file sharing instead of doing what their department is supposed to be doing, Enforcing Immigration and Customs, as in the borders and illegals.

Once again it's a smokescreen, Diverting the public eye from any unscrupulous actions that may get them a departmental inquiry from an official.

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