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The US's Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) is targeting overseas websites it believes are breaking US copyrights whether or not their servers are based in America or there is another direct US link, said Erik Barnett, the agency's assistant deputy director.
As long as a website's address ends in .com or .net, if it is implicated in the spread of pirated US-made films, TV or other media it is a legitimate target to be closed down or targeted for prosecution, Barnett said. While these web addresses are traditionally seen as global, all their connections are routed through Verisign, an internet infrastructure company based in Virginia, which the agency believes is sufficient to seek a US prosecution.
As well as sites that directly host or stream pirated material, ICE is also focusing on those that simply provide links to it elsewhere. There remains considerable doubt as to whether this is even illegal in Britain – the only such case to be heard before a British court, involving a site called TV-Links, was dismissed by a judge in February last year.
Erik Barnett, assistant deputy director of ICE said told the Guardian that the agency will actively target web sites that are breaking US copyright laws even if their servers are not based in the US. According to Barnett, all web sites that use the .com and .net TLDs are fair game and that, since the Domain Name Service (DNS) indexes for those web sites are routed through the US-based registry Versign, ICE believes it has enough to "seek a US prosecution". [theinquirer.net...]
Unless copyrights are being broken, who cares?If authorities didn't abuse power, we'd have nothing to fear.
.com has always been global, it's for commercial business.Its all nice equality until it makes a power difference for the US then we get the real agenda.
USA doesn't recognise the International courtOuch! I didn't know that.
Why the US has to stick their nose into the entire world's business is beyond me.Just a wild guess, maybe something to do with money, power, oil, trade, more money, more power...
Why the US has to stick their nose into the entire world's business is beyond me....
Just a wild guess, maybe something to do with money, power, oil, trade, more money, more power...
So how about some credit to USA, that's going broke trying to keep some world peace?
Copyright aside. What are the real wider, long term implications of this?
and bombs would explode in shopping malls daily if Al Qaeda could do what they wanted to
OT: Thats kinda circular reasoning, Al Qaeda gets a lot of support BECAUSE USA is fighting in Afghanistan and ME. The irony...
ROBERT GATES: Frankly, many of those allies sitting on the sidelines do so not because they do not want to participate, but simply because they cannot. The military capabilities simply aren't there.
The mightiest military alliance in history is only 11 weeks into an operation against a poorly armed regime in a sparsely populated country, yet many allies are beginning to run short of munitions, requiring the U.S. once more to make up the difference.
If the USA wants the .com's -- bah, take em. Just to be safe, because of this noise, going forward I'll be registering all domains as .ca just to avoid potential pitfalls down the road. It's not worth the hassle.
[edited by: thirteen at 6:21 pm (utc) on Jul 6, 2011]
I think some people are hypocritical here because it suits them to have their own country and laws control it, but they would be screaming bloody murder if it was another. How about thinking more objectively and wishing for a neutral system that works for everyone.
It's true that .com is universal but US has probably most of its use.
They've already gone after Internet Gambling, seizing the websites of Full Tilt Poker, Poker Stars, and Absolute Poker back in April.