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Gov’t + COICA = Peer 2 Peer Witch Hunt

29 November 2010 One Comment

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Isn’t it funny how my copyright final is only weeks away, and the Federal Government has suddenly gone on a copyright infringement witch hunt and closed down numerous websites without any notice or due process? Congress has been trying to pass a bill that would allow the Justice Dept. to seek expedited court orders and shut down infringing websites. The bill is called COICA, Combating Online Infringement and Copyright Act. If you bothered to read the link, you’ll notice that the BILL HAS NOT BEEN PASSED YET.

The Federal Government has prematurely used ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, to seize a number of online sites that are accused of copyright or infringement. So far the websites that have been taken down that offer a variety goods from hats, scarves, golfing gear, to rap music have now been replaced with a love note (seen below)  from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. So far torrent-finder.com has been taken down. I believe that this will devastate the future of Peer to Peer music and software sharing in the United States of America. (Note: COICA will allow the government to seize access to foreign owned sites too!)

First off, what is ICE doing enforcing copyright law? Doesn’t Homeland Security have their hands full being touchy feely at the airports?  Secondly, I agree with congressman Ron Wyden  as he states:

“Deploying this statue to combat online copyright infringement seems almost like using a bunker-busting cluster bomb, when what you need is a precision-guided missile,” he said during a hearing on digital trade. “If you don’t think this thing through carefully, the collateral damage would be American innovation, American jobs, and a secure Internet.”

Thirdly, what if we here at Fame Appeal accidently infringe on someone’s 106 Copy Rights, and suddenly my website is taken down?What relief do I have ?!?!?

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A love note from ICE on infringing websites

If you are wondering what Statute 18 U.S.C. § 981 is click here and Statute 18 U.S.C. § 2323 can be found here

The following is a list of seized websites

2009jerseys.com
51607.com
amoyhy.com
b2corder.com
bishoe.com
borntrade.com
borntrade.net
boxedtvseries.com
boxset4less.com
boxsetseries.com
burberryoutletshop.com
cartoon77.com
cheapscarfshop.com
coachoutletfactory.com
dajaz1.com
discountscarvesonsale.com
dvdcollectionsale.com
dvdcollects.com
dvdorderonline.com
dvdprostore.com
dvdscollection.com
dvdsetcollection.com
dvdsetsonline.com
dvdsuperdeal.com
eluxury-outlet.com
getdvdset.com
gofactoryoutlet.com
golfstaring.com
golfwholesale18.com
handbag9.com
handbagcom.com
handbagspop.com
icqshoes.com
ipodnanouk.com
jersey-china.com
jerseyclubhouse.com
jordansbox.com
lifetimereplicas.com
louis-vuitton-outlet-store.com
lv-outlets.com
lv-outlets.net
lv-outletstore.com
massnike.com
merrytimberland.com
mycollects.com
mydreamwatches.com
mygolfwholesale.com
newstylerolex.com
nfljerseysupply.com
nibdvd.com
odvdo.com
oebags.com
onsmash.com
overbestmall.com
rapgodfathers.com
realtimberland.com
rmx4u.com
scarfonlineshop.com
scarfviponsale.com
shawls-store.com
silkscarf-shop.com
silkscarfonsale.com
skyergolf.com
sohob2b.com
sohob2c.com
storeofeast.com
stuff-trade.com
sunglasses-mall.com
sunogolf.com
tbl-sports.com
throwbackguy.com
tiesonsale.com
timberlandlike.com
topabuy.com
torrent-finder.com
usaburberryscarf.com
usaoutlets.net

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