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: And the lesson here is...
by Almafeta on Sun 28th Nov 2010 05:01 UTC in reply to "And the lesson here is..."
Almafeta
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2007-02-22

Regarding the original article: Going to those sites, you see a warrent was issued in the seizure of those domains.

Here are the laws cited, stating that the US has broad powers to seize property being used in crimes; specifically, anti-counterfeiting laws:

http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/18/usc_sec_18_00000981----000-.ht...

http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/18/usc_sec_18_00002323----000-.ht...

I'm not quite sure how Chapter 18, section 2323 applies to this case, yet, but I'm sure that if someone can find the warrent in question, it'd list why.

Now, the point I wanted to reply to:

...if you own a domain name and use it for spamming, phishing/financial fraud, hosting malicious software, sales of counterfeit pharma, or other actively-malicious/criminal activity, then you have nothing to fear from ICANN.

But run a bittorrent search on the same domain? Now THAT's over the line.


Actually... not one of the domains taken down were torrent sites. They were all purveyors of counterfeit physical goods, such as "louis-vuitton-outlet-store.com," "newstylerolex.com," and "boxsetseries.com." Searching for their names on Ripoff Report results in some interesting complaints.

I'll agree that these actions seem to be unlawful... but it's hardly a case of electronic crimes being targeted disproportionately.

Edited 2010-11-28 05:05 UTC

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Almafeta Member since:
2007-02-22

I can only edit that post for 20 minutes. Someday, OSNews will fix that bug.

Anyhow... I don't have time to do a full scan, but it looks like all these domains were all counterfeiting operations being run by the same company. I'd have to do a lot more investigative work to be sure that all of them were the one company...

Edited 2010-11-28 05:27 UTC

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