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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > EFF Accused Government of Constitution Breach

EFF Accused Government of Constitution Breach

EFF Accused Government of Constitution Breach

Added: Friday, September 30th, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
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The US Department of Justice has developed and implemented a project called “Operation In Our Sites”, which meant to prevent digital piracy by seizing domain names hosting or providing links to copyrighted content.


Within the operation, over a hundred of websites were seized, and two of their targets were Spanish-based services Rojadirecta.com and Rojadirecta.org. The domain names of these online services were owned by the Spanish company Puerto 80. The American Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) claimed they seized Spanish domains because they offered links to live sport video streams. Nevertheless, it was found out that the services also contained non-infringing materials like user-created forums and discussions, as well as a number of technical tutorials.

This was the reason for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to start the 23rd of September with pleading against above mentioned measures in an amicus brief with a federal court. The complaint invoked the infringement of The First Amendment. Matt Zimmerman, EFF Senior Staff Attorney, said that domain name seizures could only be considered blunt instruments, causing unacceptable collateral damage to such fundamental rights of the Internet users as freedom of speech.

Website owners must be confident that the government actions that were supposed to target copyright violations were undertaken legally, and that’s why the EFF urges the Court of Appeals to make sure it happens this way.

After Spanish company Puerto 80 tried and failed to reach an agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other American government authorities, it decided to petition the district court in attempts to return its domain names. However, the local judge rejected the company’s request and Puerto 80 took another decision: to appeal to the 2nd American Circuit Court of Appeals.

EFF Intellectual Property Director explained that ICE’s domain name seizures were occurring without meaningful court oversight, leaving no opportunity for the targets to defend themselves before their sites are taken offline and involving a very cumbersome process for challenge afterward. That’s why the outfit claimed the government violates the Constitution and should stop these seizures until they comply with the country’s legislation.

September 30th,2011

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Date:  Friday, September 30th, 2011

Comments (7) (please add your comment »)

posted by Turtle (2011-09-30 23:30:06)
bigcow2k avatarroflmfao check out the meaning of "eff".. some may already know, but i'm sure most still don't

posted by Blocked (2011-10-01 09:50:14)
No avatarthanx

posted by (2011-10-01 15:24:02)
dslbandit2 avatarThere are a multitude of Constitution breaches since Bush was in office after 911. Too many to even name! Even ex-governor Jesse Ventura made a stand and got arrested trying to implement change. One-term-wonder Obama has left every illegal law Bush instituted in place for the sake of security. Every politician is either too spineless or corrupt to actually do any good in the U.S. anyway. The towel-heads won. Period.

posted by Blocked (2011-10-01 15:37:41)
menahunie avatarThing is and no one has really made it an issue; ICE copyright enforcement is not in their jurisdiction. It is in the FBI's.
Also taking some one's domain with out due process and they are doing just that; bureaucrats doing as they please.
As for all the Bush bashing? get over it already I didn't like the prick either but to keep blaming everything on Bush is just being stupid... OBAMA has done far far worse than BOTH Bushes, Clinton combined.

posted by Blocked (2011-10-02 17:39:26)
No avatara breached constitution is nothing but a cheap lie to the citizens of a nation. a breached constitution is nothing but a constipated constitution, stuck at the anal opening, you got it but you can't get it out. all you got is not a constitution that protected your right but only blood red face that people with constipation often have to deal with.

posted by Blocked (2011-10-02 17:45:25)
No avatardslbandit2, saw a sign in "the 100 photos collection":

Welcomes You
Birthplace of
George W. Bush
We Apologize.

posted by (2011-10-03 08:06:07)
AnalLint avatarseizing sites and tapping into users info

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