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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Senator Demanded Authorities Justify Domain Names Seizures

Senator Demanded Authorities Justify Domain Names Seizures

Senator Demanded Authorities Justify Domain Names Seizures

Added: Tuesday, February 8th, 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
Senator Ron Wyden pointed out that the entertainment industry is just hiding behind the backs of the legitimate efforts of apparel designers to fight physical piracy. Since the ICE division has in the meantime seized almost 100 domains during its “Operation In our Sites” campaign, Senator Wyden has taken notice of this too, because it is actually a mild precursor to what the new copyright legislation (COICA) would mean if enacted.


Senator Wyden has sent a letter to Attorney general Eric Holder and John Morton, Director of ICE, where he expressed his dismay in how the American authorities deal with piracy on the Internet – while being unsatisfied with the elimination of infringing webpages or material, they are simply ordering the removal of the whole sites.

In addition, as compared to usual copyright litigation, the domains seizure process never gives targeted sites any opportunity to defend themselves prior to imposture of the sanctions. Generally, there can be an active legal debate during which a site may be held responsible for infringing activities committed by its users. Thus, such domains seizures may become an end of the normal legal process. This is the main problem – ICE and the Department of Justice keep seizing websites after warning their owners, and sometimes, without notification.

Senator believes that if the ICE’s campaign continues, the Obama Administration must at least provide some clarity about the kinds of websites it is going to target and which ones is not. In fact, Senator Wyden asked ICE many question and is waiting an answer. For example, he wanted to know how the authorities evaluate the benefits and costs of seizures, and what criteria are used when choosing a domain name for seizure – whether it matters that the domain is operated overseas or not, and what standard is used to ensure that targeted domains don’t also facilitate legitimate speech.

The industry observers agree that Sen Wyden is right to question the wisdom of seizing sites operated from abroad, particularly those that have already been decided to be absolutely legal in their home country, like recently seized Spanish Rojadirecta.org.

The most important question the ICE should be asked is that if the US can easily seize foreign websites without any notification and trial, then why can’t other countries, for example, Iran, easily seize websites like YouTube or Twitter for violating their national laws?

February 8th,2011

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Date:  Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Comments (3) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-02-08 13:16:37)
DEMONLORD avatargood read and interesting to know

posted by ET loverSuperman (2011-02-08 15:07:50)
tonymengela avatarWe need every U.S. citizen to flood all the senator's offices, why these questions, as the rights we are supposed to hold dear are being destroyed by these departments.

posted by Blocked (2011-02-09 12:17:03)
Crashman_123 avatarI'd LOVE a foreign country to seize Twitter for a day or two by using ICE's closure model, just to see how much of an OUTCRY there would be. Could you imagine it? A couple MILLION instant complaints to authorities, who would be powerless to respond until the matter goes through the US Court system, as ICE has ALREADY SET THE LEGAL PRECEDENT.

Or close down YOUTUBE and get a couple HUNDRED MILLION complaints!

The "authorities" simply fail to see the far reaching implications of their actions, because they want "a quick fix NOW, and we'll sort it out later." I wonder how long it'll take them to realize that THE REST OF THE WORLD DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY.

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