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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Blown out of proportion
by abraxas on Sun 28th Nov 2010 13:29 UTC
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I don't agree with the current state of copyright law but digitial copies still violate copyright law in the US. These were "court ordered" seizures. Most of the sites sold counterfeit goods. A few traded in copyrighted wares. So far there really is no solid evidence to back up the claim that the government closed down any of these sites without court involvement. We need to take a wait and see approach until all the details shake out. The owners of the seized sites will have their day in court. I have little doubt about that. Despite what some are saying the US hasn't devolved into a totalitarian government.

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