DHS SEIZING WEBSITES but are they doing it legally?
November 28, 2010 § Leave a comment
“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seizing sites directly from ICANN because of complaints filed against them; the agency is not doing so under the auspices of the Digital Millenium Coptyright Act (DMCA) or a more recently introduced, so-called “censorship” bill, the Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act, or COICA, which was created specifically to address the issue of piracy. While both of these acts have serious issues that many free-web advocates find disturbing, the implementation of either law might be better than no law at all. Rather than using DMCA or COICA, the DHS has, as one spokesperson told The NY Times, “executed court-ordered seizure warrants against a number of domain names.” So far, TorrentFreak counted 77 domains seized. These URLs indicate that sites were used to peddle counterfeit goods as well as illegally shared media files. What we can’t debate is that the government has a right to enforce its own laws. If copyrights are being infringed upon and goods are being counterfeited, the government does have the authority to put a stop to those activities. But when legislators have taken great pains to construct and pass laws that create procedures for dealing with these exact issues, it does seem a bit off that none of those procedures were used.” (ontd)