Msg#: 4358175 posted 12:06 am on Sep 3, 2011 (gmt 0)
Police in the UK could get new powers to suspend internet domain names without a court order if they're being used for illegal activity, under rules proposed to .uk registry manager Nominet.
Domains being used to commit any of the laundry list of crimes covered by the Serious Crimes Act 2007 such as counterfeiting, fraud, prostitution, money laundering, blackmail and copyright infringement would be eligible for seizure under the policy.
I would not trust my local police to know how to take down a www site. Apparently, even the Feds don't know how.
Under the campaign, the government seizes domain names issued by or under the control of US-based registrars or webhosts. That causes people who type the names into browsers to be directed to a page that says it has been seized by ICE Homeland Security Investigations. The seizures have no effect on the servers or underlying IP addresses used to run the sites, so the sites remain available to those who use a Firefox addon or other technologies to work around the action.
Next week's headline: U.S. Government Moves to Outlaw Firefox Browser.
The disturbing bit is the way the article suddenly changes from "taken down" to "seized".
Taking a car as an analogy "Taken down" They have clamped my car. I can't use it but it is still mine with both the advantages and liabilities of ownership "Seized" they have taken both the car and ownership of the car away from me and can crush it or sell it.
Reading the Nominet proposal itself it looks like sloppy journalism on the part of The Register. There is no mention of "seizing" domain ownership.