Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 27th Nov 2010 10:46 UTC
Legal The US is really ramping up its war on intellectual property infringement, a war which I'm sure will be just as successful, cheap and supported by the people as the wars on drugs and terrorism. The US has started seizing the domain names of various websites through ICANN - not because owners of these sites were convicted of anything, but merely because complaints have been filed against them. Anyone want to take a guess how long it will be before the US government blocks WikiLeaks? Update: The blocks function outside of the US too. In other words, the US is forcing its views upon the rest of the world once again.
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by Sausage on Sat 27th Nov 2010 13:53 UTC
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The US government isn't forcing views on anyone. The hosts of the websites, and by extension the websites themselves, are within the US and therefore within the legal jurisdiction of the US. It isn't a "block" its a seizure. The sites don't show up outside the US anymore because the website's United State's (and only) host location no longer exists. If said sites had a host outside the US, we would probably piss and moan about it (ok... maybe not "us"; more the ones who are being stolen from) but the US legal system would not have the authority to do anything about it. As an example, a previous poster asked about why Wikileaks has not been seized. Wikileaks is hosted by PeRiQuito AB out of Stockholm. The US Justice Department has no authority in Sweden, obviously. They can't seize it.

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