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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RE: Correction
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 27th Nov 2010 14:06 UTC in reply to "Correction"
Thom_Holwerda
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You're mistaken.

The host (i.e., the servers and the company/people they belong to) have not been seized. The domain has been seized - as in, the US told ICANN: block that domain name. While it may be legal in the US to seize domain names without so much as a complaint (let alone a court order), such actions certainly are not legal in Europe.

This would be like Germany dumping boatloads of toxic waste in the Rhine, polluting The Netherlands downstream. I can assure you that The Netherlands would then have an international legal leg to stand on to confront Germany - even if such dumping is legal in Germany.

Edited 2010-11-27 14:07 UTC

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