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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > MPAA Helped Seize 29 Dutch Domains

MPAA Helped Seize 29 Dutch Domains

MPAA Helped Seize 29 Dutch Domains

Added: Friday, December 17th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
The MPAA seems to take a fight against unauthorized file-sharing to entirely new level by letting foreign organizations to seize American-based domains before the accused operators have even had a chance to take their case to court.

Domain seizures are now taking another dramatic turn with an overseas group successfully managing to seize the domains of twenty-nine American-based BitTorrent websites. Actually, Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN received help from the MPAA in targeting the websites for illicitly making copyrighted content available for downloading to the people of the Netherlands.

Tim Kuik, BREIN director, explained that there’re websites out there that provide anonymous unauthorized access to someone else’s copyrighted works, and BREIN managed to make more than 600 of such websites inaccessible this year. By July 2010 BREIN had managed to close down over 400 unauthorized sites, most of them being BitTorrent trackers, also 30 Cyberlockers, and several Usenet indexers and streaming services. However, that was the first time the outfit has extended its reach to the United States.

Whatever your opinion of unauthorized file-sharing is, it’s not very pleasant to think that any foreign entity can easily seize an American domain without due process of law. This may end in all other organizations and countries seizing domains of websites accused of hosting content believed illegal by that organization or in that country. For example, Turkey had banned YouTube for 2 years because it hosted videos offensive to its founder Ataturk. In today’s situation, it could simply decide to seize the YouTube domain name rather than merely block access. Would the rest of the world like that?

Recently, the ICE has seized about a hundred of US domain names in its “Operation In Our Sites,” while Dutch BREIN went further and claimed it has the identities of illegal sites operators to hold them personally responsible for copyright violation. Although the outfit never revealed the names of those 29 websites, it’s still shocking to believe that some foreign organization could so easily seize the domains of websites located in the United States, even before they had a chance to plead their accusations in court. It’s no wonder that the members of digital community are in a hurry to create a way to avoid such troubles, like designing a new DNS system for P2P.

December 17th, 2010

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Date:  Friday, December 17th, 2010

Comments (6) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2010-12-17 19:47:46)
menahunie avatarThe real problem here that is not being done is the domain holders are being denied due process which they are guaranteed under the constitution of this country.
Irregardless of claims the domain holders action MAY be illegal give the claims by the MPAA.
You have to remember the Federal government is acting on civil not criminal claims.
Why hasn't the Apple Company domain been seized since it has been proven they are selling illegal e books on their app store and it has been proven??
What is even more disturbing is ICE ( Immigration Customs Enforcement ) is doing this?
I seem to recall seeing an FBI ( Federal Bureau of Investigation ) logo on a movie NOT ICE.
Since now European Governments are now seizing USA Domains where is Interpol??
Could it be the FBI is smarter than ICE and realized the crap load of law suits to come out if the illegal activity from ICE at the prodding of the MPAA?
Even if the domain holders activities are/were really illegal; they can sue and win and also win large sums of money in punitive damages..
Since ICE has seized all these domains; has any domain holder been formally charge by ICE for a crime?? Since this is the only way they could get a "warrant" to seize the domain in the first place?
What is happening is nothing but censorship in the guise of "Copyright Protection"..

posted by (2010-12-17 23:01:13)
spiritchaser5150 avatarThat is a good point. Why hasn't Apple been seized or fined for their copyright violation. I remember reading in the past that trackers were not necessary to p2p and thought we were going to push away from them.
I wonder if the owners of these sites will be extradited to the Netherlands and what the hell is the Netherlands doing seizing sites in the US.

posted by (2010-12-18 03:22:00)
4JIMi2sTEXAS0 avatarsome deep shyt there..

posted by (2010-12-18 05:02:30)
N3K avatarhmmmmm

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2010-12-18 13:48:50)
fusseltier avatarhow in the world does an american association have any control to do anything in europe?
they can just ignore them like they do any other american crap, so why dont they?

posted by Blocked (2010-12-18 22:12:12)
menahunie avatarIt's called money fusseltier.
That is most likely why the apple domain has not been seizes as well as the mega search engines also..
SO when a domain user who's domain has been illegally seized and sue; they will and can show a "search engine" like Google, and other are no different than a torrent search engine.

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