The Department of Homeland Security has decided to start seizing websites for “copyright infringement”.
See example here: http://torrent-finder.com/
Thus far there are 76 websites reported seized under U.S. Copyright Law. Apparently this was done under the auspices of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act?
Our favorite Iowa senator, Chuck Grassley just voted a newer broader reaching bill, Combatting Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act (COICA) out of the Judiciary Committee.
In the past, Internet sites deemed guilty under DMCA were allowed to remove the offending portion of the website in question until the issue could be resolved. Apparently now the Feds are simply seizing the entire Domain.
Opponents to COICA seem to believe that if enacted as written, search robots could be used to find specific words and terms on websites, and then automatic seizure would take effect. I have not had the opportunity to review the study bill in question, so further research is needed to verify or reject these claims.
Any BH readers with a sense of this issue?
Update: Brief research shows that the sites targeted for seizure by the Feds are “torrent” sites, places where bittorrent
protocol is used. True, Torrent can be used to download music and movies in violation of copyright, but more to the point…
Torrent protocol is used to download HUGE volumes of information.
Any coincidence this is happening with WikiLeaks Cablegate going on?