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US Domain Seizures Mostly Failed

US Domain Seizures Mostly Failed

Added: Tuesday, April 5th, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The seizures of “piracy-related” domains by the US authorities have caused a lot of discussions. In respond to heavy critique from different observers, the government justified its actions and insisted that it’s a very effective tool to fight online piracy. Meanwhile, if you take a better look at the end result, you will understand that reality differs from what the authorities claim.


The controversial seizures by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently made numerous headlines across the web, as within the “Operation In Our Sites” the government shut down a number of file-sharing and streaming services, as well as almost 80 websites selling counterfeit products. The MPAA has welcomed the “success” of the US government, pointing out that the campaign has not only put unauthorized websites out of business, but has also raised public awareness about this type of online crime.

However, this statement is a gross twist of reality. First of all, the public mostly became aware of the authorities’ intention to sacrifice a lot, which includes first amendment rights, in order to appease the entertainment industries. In fact, all those seizures received heavy critique from journalists, legal experts, senators and the public. Then, it was easy for the seized services to go on with their operations, because their servers hadn’t been touched physically. All they had to do is to make the websites available again under other domains, and that’s what they’ve done indeed. Despite the thousands of dollars in tax payer money spent on this effort, all websites were back up in a few minutes under new domains.

In other words, the US authorities did little to really stop the file-sharing sites from operating, which was no different to the situation several months ago when over 80 domains were seized, including 4 file-sharing related sites like Torrent-Finder.com. The latter announced that it would fight the seizure in court, while, together with the rest, it came back on another domain.

All this clearly shows that a domain name seizure can’t be the ultimate anti-piracy instrument the government and the entertainment industry claim it is, which raises the question if the costs involved warrant the mediocre outcome. Apart from the thousands of dollars in tax money spent on these effortless actions, there is another cost to take into account – the unconstitutionality of the seizures.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article

April 5th,2011

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Date:  Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Comments (5) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-04-05 21:38:21)
No avatar+ that's why the rest of the world hates us... our government is INSANE

posted by Blocked (2011-04-06 01:34:17)
No avatar@haljay haha at least u can have games like mortal kombat and postal, in aussie we cant, its pathetic

posted by (2011-04-06 01:42:48)
Rockman avatar@rstan58 can t some aussie hackers figure out a way to to around any firewalls or easyier why don't aussie
P 2 P users ban together and bring a civic case to court and stop it shouldn t take a phd; you can t give up . .

posted by (2011-04-06 05:58:23)
DoomRider13 avatarAustralia really thinks that avoiding violent games will reduce violence inside the country? I really doubt about it! I've heard the same thing for Germany too and from what I've heard it dosen't really works! Juste a facade to show the world that Germany turn the page to a violent mind from the past! German and Aussie gamers buy violent games online so they have what they want directly deliver at home! Something has changed? No! Same output!

posted by (2011-04-06 14:22:44)
DEMONLORD avatarlol, mpaa needs to stop blowing the customs. they will never will. it is to easy to change domains. a few pushs of a key stroke and you can change the name

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