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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Congresswomen Called for Improved Domain-Seizure Regulation

Congresswomen Called for Improved Domain-Seizure Regulation

Congresswomen Called for Improved Domain-Seizure Regulation

Added: Saturday, December 1st, 2012
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.extratorrent.com
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-California) has been making attempts to improve the existing legislation over domain seizures, asking Reddit’s users to crowdsource a better law which would diminish the power of American authorities over the web.


The US government managed to seize over 750 domain names since 2010 within “Operation in Our Sites” project, which was started in order to fight Internet piracy. Normally, .com, .org, and .net domain names were targeted, which were allegedly guilty of copyright violation.

Nevertheless, the efficacy of the project is questionable, particularly with such examples as Dajaz1 – a hip-hop blog closed down at the demand of the Recording Industry Association of America. In a year, the website was returned without any explanation or apology from the authorities. This situation was harshly criticized by both Zoe Lofgren and the EFF. The latter also complained that the Operation was an obvious threat to the First Amendment.

Zoe Lofgren claimed that the initial goal was to develop targeted law to require the authorities to provide notice and an opportunity for portal administration to defend themselves before seizing or redirecting their domain names. Of course, her statement didn’t go unnoticed. People agree that they are meant to be innocent until proven guilty. As such, taking a site down or seizing its domain name should be a last resort opposed to a standard knee-jerk reaction. They even compare taking a site down to closing down a whole business franchise. Others claim that there should be severe penalties for false takedowns, like the ones that happened with Dajaz1. This is supposed to also apply to DMCA takedowns over copyright infringement, with the penalties being enforced vigorously in order to protect innocent people.

At the moment, the existing law allows the US to seize any .com, .net and .org domain name, because the companies handling them operate on the territory of the United States. The users can only hope that Lofgren’s suggestion will be heard by the authorities. Those who are especially interested are invited to check out her official site or join Reddit’s discussion group.

December 1st,2012

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Date:  Saturday, December 1st, 2012

Comments (8) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2012-12-01 17:42:37)
myname avatarThank you for the share...

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2012-12-02 02:38:32)
Embolism avatarBasically as always its guilty until proven innocent with the USA as if Guantanamo Bay was not enough to convince everyone of the fact ,using the Patriot act they can seize anything they want and then investigate it for malfeasance as they see fit and they target those servers the big boys do`nt like first which then gives better ratings to other larger groups within the industry as the competition is out of the picture pending investigation,one of their tactics in getting the Industry to co-operate with homeland security in monitoring done by ISP`s without a subpoena is to threaten the operators with said type of domain seizure so a lot of illegal sniffing is done without courts being convened and subpoenas being applied for.

posted by (2012-12-02 03:16:15)
No avatar"the existing law allows the US to seize any .com, .net and .org domain name" yes and there is also talk of .EU getting seized. unfortunately a change will never happen.

posted by (2012-12-02 03:46:59)
dreemr avatarIt's sad because no one ever did anything about the snuff and hate websites, but piracy and up goes the iron curtain. Sick.

posted by (2012-12-02 20:43:35)
JohnnyBlade avatar@Embolism, nobody is in Gitmo because of the patriot act

posted by (2012-12-03 00:09:01)
hairpin100 avatarI`m just glad i`ll be dead before america changes the name Planet Earth to Planet "USA-USA-USA-USA-USA-USA". Land of the free my arse!

posted by Blocked (2012-12-03 08:21:34)
o2david avatar`bout time someone states obvious.
RE: "Congresswomen Called for Improved Domain-Seizure Regulation.",

For a longtime now, the day where a random selection trend for chooing a domain is long gone. Find unused four word domain name common.
popular savvy usernames and botlike handles for fashion.

posted by (2012-12-06 08:40:01)
No avatarsame old same old...there full of empty threats...

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