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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Mozilla Refused to Stop Using Circumventing Plugin

Mozilla Refused to Stop Using Circumventing Plugin

Mozilla Refused to Stop Using Circumventing Plugin

Added: Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
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Mozilla confirmed that Department of Homeland Security contacted them over the question of removing new MAFIAA Fire add-on, which is currently redirecting browser users from seized domains to new addresses. In response, Mozilla asked that the authorities first legally justify the demand.


MAFIAA Fire plugin for Firefox and Chrome was released back in April, helping the users to circumvent the “Operation in Our Sites” campaign. Unsurprisingly, Department of Homeland Security has already asked Mozilla to remove the add-on. The ICE Homeland Security Investigations department claimed that the plugin in question circumvented a seizure order obtained against almost 100 domains. MAFIAA Fire is one of the many plugins available online that redirect the visitors from seized domain names to the working sites like a mail forwarding service.

In fact, the add-on allows users to “un-censor” domain names that had been illegally taken offline by the authorities. It maintains a list of links and mirrors, which enables the browser to take visitors to the new websites without them even noticing. Although the representatives of Mozilla claimed they are always willing to comply with valid court orders, this time they didn’t, because there was no such court order.

Mozilla replied to the request of the authorities by asking it a number of questions to be able to understand the legal justification of the request. Thus far they haven’t got any answers, and are not expecting to receive them any time soon, because there wasn’t any seizure order for the plugin. Even if the authorities decide to receive one, they will have to convince the court that the domain names they have seized were unauthorized or responsible for violation of the law.

Mozilla says that this request from the government has a censorship effect and is able to threaten the open web, which is an infringement of the basic rights. Here the justification originates from the legitimate desire of copyright owners to fight infringement. However, this desire may appear unintended and harmful. Therefore, the challenge is to search for more efficient methods providing both real due process and transparency, while not infringing upon user freedoms that are normally respected in the web.

The ACLU joined the discussion taking Mozilla’s side and also demanding that the authorities first justify their request.

May 11th,2011

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Date:  Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Comments (11) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2011-05-11 15:06:51)
Robbidutch avatargood article,thanks

posted by (2011-05-11 15:34:54)
slaphead09 avatarI might just start using Firefox again... But I do like Chrome...
Fair play Firefox!
Thanks SaM!

posted by (2011-05-12 00:35:11)
C0ldFire avatarYES! thank you for the post, the government have invaded peoples privacy and rights under various pretext. The people behind the show are big corporations lobby very hard to have their point of view applied. Look into 'Net Neutrality' and 'Internet Freedom Act' and how big corporations are trying to control the internet.

posted by ET lovermen (2011-05-12 02:02:00)
keith23uk avatarI still use firefox 3.6 I had some problems with the occasional crash on windows xp, but on windows 7 64-bit it hasnt crashed once.

posted by (2011-05-12 17:23:39)
cj1404 avatar@C0ldFire -- Bingo!

They don't want us to have a voice or the truth.

posted by (2011-05-12 22:21:36)
evilmother avatarthey cant do there job so there trying to get others to do it for them

posted by (2011-05-13 03:57:28)
BenjaWiz avatarMozilla needs not to comply with the NAZI Government of U.S.A I feel ashamed to call myself an American as I hate it's NAZI Government.

posted by (2011-05-13 13:53:37)
sorential avatarI'm an Arch Linux user and use only minimalistic open-source apps... Firefox is a little clunky but I will definitely reinstall now.. GO FIREFOX !

posted by (2011-05-14 01:45:47)
No avatarYeah finally someone is sticking up for the rights of it's consumers and or customers those big copyright companies and lobbists are ruining the internet and taking away our freedom of speech and doing so without due process

posted by Turtle (2011-05-14 07:57:16)
bigcow2k avatarnice move mozilla!
btw, it's pretty annoying that lots of ppl just cant get it straight between *there* *their* and *they're*... it's f*cking everywhere..here, fb, twitter, etc.. shame on you english language users

posted by (2011-05-14 11:31:13)
ViN avatarlive free share free.........

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