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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dc396
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"The US has started seizing the domain names of various websites through ICANN"

ICANN is responsible for a subset of top-level domains (specifically, the generic and some sponsored TLDs), not for the names inside those domains. It looks like all the second-level domains that were shut down were in .COM and .NET, both run by VeriSign. It could be the Feds went to VeriSign and said "remove these domains" and they did so. Only VeriSign has the ability to modify the contents of the .COM and .NET zones. It is a bit surprising VeriSign acted without a court order, but presumably their corporate lawyers saw following US government requests to be (understandably) in the corporate best interest.

Or, it could be that the Feds went to GoDaddy and GoDaddy initiated the removal. In this case, VeriSign most likely wouldn't have known anything about it since add/modify/delete requests are fully automated.

In either case, it is very unlikely ICANN was even aware of the action and even if they were, they'd have no role one way or another to stop it.

Why GoDaddy blamed ICANN is a bit of a question, however it could be because .COM/.NET are the most desirable TLDs and GoDaddy didn't want to risk their relationship with VeriSign. It's always easy to hate on ICANN.

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