Homeland Security Shuts Down Dozens of Websites Without Court Order

Department Of Homeland SecurityDaniel Tencer writes on RAW Story:

The Homeland Security Department’s customs enforcement division has gone on a Web site shutdown spree, closing down at least 76 domains this week, according to online reports.

While many of the web domains were sites that trafficked in counterfeit brand name goods, and some others linked to copyright-infringing file-sharing materials, at least one site was a Google-like search engine, causing alarm among web freedom advocates who worry the move steps over the line into censorship.

All the shut sites are now displaying a Homeland Security warning that copyright infringers can face up to five years in prison.

According to a report at TorrentFreak, the search engine that was shut down — Torrent-Finder.com — neither hosted copyrighted material nor directly linked to places where it could be found. Instead, the site opened new windows to sites that did link to file-sharing materials.

“When a site has no tracker, carries no torrents, lists no copyright works unless someone searches for them and responds just like Google, accusing it of infringement becomes somewhat of a minefield,” writes Torrentfreak, “Unless you’re ICE Homeland Security Investigations that is.”

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  • Buffet

    Screw the Feds man!

  • Buffet

    Screw the Feds man!

  • Filterfunker

    torrent-finder was my fave search site! bastards..

  • Filterfunker

    torrent-finder was my fave search site! bastards..

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_76CTE6IY3XVKYLV4QM3XMRNM7M nick

    The pages are still visible in the “cache” of google.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_76CTE6IY3XVKYLV4QM3XMRNM7M nick

    The pages are still visible in the “cache” of google.

  • 5by5

    Copyright and fair use have gotten completely out of balance now.

    Copyright is meant to be an industrial regulation controlling large-scale publishers in order to protect AUTHORS by affording those publishers with a LIMITED monopoly, with the Constitutional purpose of “advancing science and knowledge”. Instead, it’s been transformed into a draconian restriction on the general public, used by corporations to jack single moms for thousands of dollars, all because their kid downloaded a few songs. The child didn’t destroy or steal the record company’s original product thus preventing them from selling it anywhere else. But the anti-constitutional DMCA (Mickey Mouse Copyright Act) has made it so that in essence, publishers can prosecute artist’s most loyal and devoted fans (the kind that spread news about an artist via word of mouth, and interestingly also BUY the most product like box sets and memorabilia, not to mention fans of the most efficient means of distribution, which the studios aren’t offering) and also so they can in essence punish any other publisher who’s smaller.

    Copyright has simply become a tool for thugs.

    Which is basically how it started out in England, where it WAS a censorship tool for the Crown. In our Constitution (as with every other check and balance therein) we tried to balance this by limiting copyright, and adding fair use rights for citizens, as well as redefining the purpose of copyright as being that industrial regulation intended to produce more books (ie. advance learning).

    However in the digital era, we simply don’t need the publishing middleman anymore. We can make pristine copies ourselves, and artists have direct connections to fans of their work that they didn’t before.

    But rather than adapting to this new reality, and defaulting to supporting the artists and the public by creating new business models, we’re instead preserving the rights of the parasites who feed off of both the artist’s work, and the public’s cash. Ever read a record contract? Those fuckers have a lot of nerve calling ANYONE else a “thief”.

    And now nothing lapses into the public domain, and it’s ironically serving to kill creativity, because all art is built on other art.

    For more on that, go check out the 411 on a beautiful animation short called “Sita Sings the Blues” over at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcvd5JZkUXY
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfS2p1vFics
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BVg1WzS5Co
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXmy5cr_cV8
    https://w2.eff.org/ninapaley/
    https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/09/jack-booted-thugs-and-copyright-enforcement

    “What do religious fundamentalists, and big media conglomerates have in common? They believe that they own culture.” — Nina Paley

  • 5by5

    Copyright and fair use have gotten completely out of balance now.

    Copyright is meant to be an industrial regulation controlling large-scale publishers in order to protect AUTHORS by affording those publishers with a LIMITED monopoly, with the Constitutional purpose of “advancing science and knowledge”. Instead, it’s been transformed into a draconian restriction on the general public, used by corporations to jack single moms for thousands of dollars, all because their kid downloaded a few songs. The child didn’t destroy or steal the record company’s original product thus preventing them from selling it anywhere else. But the anti-constitutional DMCA (Mickey Mouse Copyright Act) has made it so that in essence, publishers can prosecute artist’s most loyal and devoted fans (the kind that spread news about an artist via word of mouth, and interestingly also BUY the most product like box sets and memorabilia, not to mention fans of the most efficient means of distribution, which the studios aren’t offering) and also so they can in essence punish any other publisher who’s smaller.

    Copyright has simply become a tool for thugs.

    Which is basically how it started out in England, where it WAS a censorship tool for the Crown. In our Constitution (as with every other check and balance therein) we tried to balance this by limiting copyright, and adding fair use rights for citizens, as well as redefining the purpose of copyright as being that industrial regulation intended to produce more books (ie. advance learning).

    However in the digital era, we simply don’t need the publishing middleman anymore. We can make pristine copies ourselves, and artists have direct connections to fans of their work that they didn’t before.

    But rather than adapting to this new reality, and defaulting to supporting the artists and the public by creating new business models, we’re instead preserving the rights of the parasites who feed off of both the artist’s work, and the public’s cash. Ever read a record contract? Those fuckers have a lot of nerve calling ANYONE else a “thief”.

    And now nothing lapses into the public domain, and it’s ironically serving to kill creativity, because all art is built on other art.

    For more on that, go check out the 411 on a beautiful animation short called “Sita Sings the Blues” over at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcvd5JZkUXY
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfS2p1vFics
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BVg1WzS5Co
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXmy5cr_cV8
    https://w2.eff.org/ninapaley/
    https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/09/jack-booted-thugs-and-copyright-enforcement

    “What do religious fundamentalists, and big media conglomerates have in common? They believe that they own culture.” — Nina Paley

  • 5by5

    Actually this one’s hilarious too:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GU7axyrHWDQ

  • 5by5

    Actually this one’s hilarious too:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GU7axyrHWDQ