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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Domain Seizures in US Had No Effect

Domain Seizures in US Had No Effect

Domain Seizures in US Had No Effect

Added: Friday, December 3rd, 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
Since many of the websites that sell counterfeit products have already come back, including the BitTorrent search engine, it’s clear that the plans of the government were doomed to fail. The targeted websites simply re-register outside the country’s jurisdiction.

In fact, the country’s government is only able to seize the domain names located under its jurisdiction. It means that if the US starts seizing the domain names of foreign websites, particularly those believed to be legitimate in their own country, much may change. For example, the world’s famous cyberlocker RapidShare is the most vivid example: while the German court decided that the website is not responsible for its users’ uploads, the United States could argue that the service facilitates copyright violation. Consequently, an American court can be persuaded to order the seizure of the RapidShare domain name. Can you imagine other countries, like China or Iran seizing the domains of Google or Facebook for facilitating social unrest?

However, the committed seizures had no effect at all, as all they did was just redirecting the domain pointers, which was absolutely pointless when the websites re-registered under a domain outside the country’s government’s jurisdiction. And that was exactly what they did. The most attention was brought to the torrent search engine, as it even didn’t host any copyrighted content, but only served as a search engine like Google. Shall we expect the government to seize the Google domain as well? If things go that way, Google can be soon required to implement filter on its results, which will most likely force it to move to another country just to be outside the United States’ jurisdiction.

Meanwhile, it all occurs even before the controversial COICA legislation is adopted, which will play its part in filtering the web as well. However, the fears are that its results would be similar to those of the ICE’s raids. A group of prominent engineers have long ago said that the COICA will only risk fragmenting the web’s DNS and create an environment of great fear. Meanwhile, technological innovation will suffer, and the credibility of the US being a steward of key web infrastructure will be significantly harmed. To achieve all this, the proposed legislation will force users to circumvent it, or, in other words, will be as useless as the recent seizures.

December 3rd, 2010

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Date:  Friday, December 3rd, 2010

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posted by (2010-12-04 04:18:47)
mindydee113 avatarI frequently watch videos on a site called TV Shack. At first it could be found at TV Shack.net, until it was shut down by the US Government. I read one of your articles, here on extratorrent that said the site had moved to another country and was up again under TV Shack.cc. Yesterday I went to the site, like I frequently do....and it was shut down again! All you can find is some official looking icons and a message saying it has been shut down by US Immigration & Customs Enforcement. I'm wondering, how can the US shut this site down if it is no longer in the US? I'm an American. I love my country and all but.....I don't think we have the right to police the whole world. This is complete bullshit! I'm completely confused as to how they can get away with that? I'm hoping TV Shack will move again. This is like the war on drugs....it's a losing battle.

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