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Domain Seizure in US Occurred Thanks to Cooperation with Online Authorities

Domain Seizure in US Occurred Thanks to Cooperation with Online Authorities

Added: Sunday, July 11th, 2010
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 last hot topic on the Net is the US government’s initiative to fight Internet piracy by seizing domain names of the sites facilitating illegal distribution of copyrighted content. There were no arrests or lawsuits this time, but instead the seized domains were pointed to the government’s own server, and an ominous warning was placed on the main page of each one.

If you recall, the action took place at the last day of June – right, the same day when “Eclipse” was released to the big screen. Distributing CamRip of this movie just several hours after the release was considered a reason for US authorities to target a number of websites claimed to be connected to its distribution. The action resulted in shutting down of nine websites, seven of which lost their domains. Moreover, such giants as MegaUpload and The Pirate Bay were also on the target list.

Although IP Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel altogether with Vice President Joe Biden have been voicing such threats not once recently, the domain seizure action came as a surprise for many. It’s not quite a new strategy, as there were similar cases in Kentucky 2 years ago, where the Governor grabbed around hundreds of domains associated with online gambling. But the new stuff in all this lies in the question – how could the authorities cope to take control of the accused websites so easily? The answer, in its turn, lies with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). That is an online body responsible for the Internet DNS system. Its mission is to ensure users can access sites by using domain names. KnujOn, Internet policy and security research outfit, warned a month ago that hundreds of Internet domain registrars could be infringing their agreements with ICANN by blocking of Whois data. That was ICANN who transferred those seven domains to the US authorities, because the body fully agreed that the domains broke their terms and conditions. As you understand, that’s quite an easy effort for the government to grab domains now.

The next question is how the biggest sites in the illegal area avoided seizure. The Pirate Bay could be found on that list too, but remained untouched. Perhaps that was because it is located outside the country and the US authorities would have had to contact the Swedish ones first, which is a bit complicated. How MegaUpload remained alive is another big question!

July 11th, 2010

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Date:  Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Comments (9) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2010-07-11 22:24:41)
ic3m4l3 avatarwe will never be stopped we are bigger than the MAN so boo to them and wtf man all the coin they earn and they moan about a few dvd grow up ffs its 2010 watever they do we will find away around it thak u very much!

posted by (2010-07-11 23:26:13)
Bob740 avatarThanks SaM, good info. I like reading your updates. Good Job.

posted by Blocked (2010-07-12 02:49:08)
SaveIt4later avatarIf the U.S. government feels that Hollywood is going to pay alot less in taxes due to piracy. Then the government will go after everyone possible, to gain that tax money back.

posted by Blocked (2010-07-12 03:04:15)
menahunie avatarThere is things missing here?
Were these "seized" domains given any written notice that they were "violating" their agreement with the domani provider?
Question - why did the domani provider then assign these domains to the U.S. governement? We do that and it is called Hijacking a domain and it is a criminal offense...
Where was to due process in this?
Was there any warrants for criminal complaints against these domains?
There were no warrants or criminals complaints? Then this is a civil matter that the Federal Government has no business in ...
This was nothing but censorship..
All the MPAA had to do was provide documented proof - not a filed name or allegation to a court and they would have granted an injunction against these domains.. I haven't hear this being do?
There appears to be a very very good case against the domain provider and possibly the U.S. Federal Government; agent(s), and employee's for a civil law suite and or criminal charges if NONE OF THE ABOVE WAS DONE BEFORE THE DOMAINS WERE HIJACKED...

posted by Blocked (2010-07-12 03:28:07)
SaveIt4later avatarcriminal charges against the government....HA HA HA.

posted by (2010-07-12 05:45:23)
xxxjapcutiexxx avatarWe have bigger problems out there than piracy issues!!!! WTF!!!!!

posted by (2010-07-12 06:24:28)
No avatarGood point japcutie. The US just revoked thousands of people's unemployment, meaning there are many people out there w/ no income, which means, no food, no rent and so on. But the government still has money to pursue a few file sharing sites because that might threaten a bit of their income. God this country has gone to hell in a handbasket!!!

posted by Blocked (2010-07-12 15:56:30)
SaveIt4later avatarRight good point onetiger...and there is also thousands of people who still get unemployment checks that don't bother looking for work at all.

posted by (2010-07-15 18:46:14)
mindydee113 avatarI know for sure one of the sites in question is called "TV Shack". I go there allot to watch videos. It's one of my favorite sites. All of a sudden, I log in and there is a ominous looking icon by the US Government, with the words "seized" stamped all over it. Maybe they should worry about our economy, health care and catching Osama Bin Laden and stop sweating the small stuff!

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