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.
Thread beginning with comment 451329
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Correction - COICA has not passed yet
by gerghk on Sat 27th Nov 2010 17:30 UTC
gerghk
Member since:
2006-03-08

Hi Thom,

I would like to suggest a correction to your article. The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act actually has not passed yet. It passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on November 18, but it still needs to be voted on by both the Senate and the House, and of course will also need to sustain a presidential veto before it becomes law.

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-3804

The fact that this is still an ongoing legislation makes the ICE's actions even more tyrannical - they're enforcing a law that hasn't even been through bicameralism and presentment. In addition to this being an inexcusable act of censorship, it is also a serious separation of powers issue.

-Greg

Reply Score: 3

umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

The fact that this is still an ongoing legislation makes the ICE's actions even more tyrannical - they're enforcing a law that hasn't even been through bicameralism and presentment. In addition to this being an inexcusable act of censorship, it is also a serious separation of powers issue.


ICE's been doing this for a while now - before the COICA bill was even created.

tvshack.net, ninjavideo.net, and a host of other domains went "dark" back at the end of June. The stupid part is that most of these sites provide no infringing material, only easier access to the locations where it is hosted.

The irony is that seizing the domains is such a pathetic attempt at combating this problem. tvshack.cc was back within 24 hours of the seizure. It makes ICE look like a bunch of idiots.

Reply Parent Score: 4