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: Why not WikiLeaks yet?
by boldingd on Tue 30th Nov 2010 22:19 UTC in reply to "Why not WikiLeaks yet?"
boldingd
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2009-02-19

When I heard this reported in the non-tech news (the News Hour), it was treated like any run-of-the-mill property seizure, as a component of an effort to take down what where described as counterfeiting operations. I think this is more in the area of the government not properly understanding technology, and applying pre-internet laws and practice to the internet, more than it's a sign of the coming net-censorship apocalypse.

Which is why not WikiLeaks. This isn't a new problem, a sign that the U.S. government wants to take over and thought-police the internet (or, rather, that it might be about to succeed at it). This is an old problem, that of courts and government agencies trying to use laws and practices that pre-date the internet to regulate the internet, in complete ignorance of the ways that the web sites and the internet are different from physical storefronts and properties in a city.

Which certainly is a problem, but it's a different problem than the looming destruction of worldwide free speech, and has different solutions.

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