[pp.int.general] U.S. Government Seizes BitTorrent Search Engine Domain and More
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Fri Nov 26 13:28:32 CET 2010
Following on the heels of this week’s domain seizure of a large hiphop
file-sharing links forum, it’s clear today that the U.S. Government has
been very busy. Without any need for COICA, ICE has just seized the domain
of a BitTorrent meta-search engine along with those belonging to other music
linking sites and several others which appear to be connected to physical
While complex, it’s still possible for U.S. authorities and copyright
groups to point at a fully-fledged BitTorrent site with a tracker and say
“that’s an infringing site.” When one looks at a site which hosts
torrents but operates no tracker, the finger pointing becomes quite a bit
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 – unless you’re ICE
Homeland Security Investigations that is.
This morning, visitors to the Torrent-Finder.com site are greeted with an
ominous graphic which indicates that ICE have seized the site’s domain.
“My domain has been seized without any previous complaint or notice from
any court!” the exasperated owner of Torrent-Finder told TorrentFreak this
“I firstly had DNS downtime. While I was contacting GoDaddy I noticed the
DNS had changed. Godaddy had no idea what was going on and until now they do
not understand the situation and they say it was totally from ICANN,” he
Aside from the fact that domains are being seized seemingly at will, there
is a very serious problem with the action against Torrent-Finder. Not only
does the site not host or even link to any torrents whatsoever, it actually
only returns searches through embedded iframes which display other sites
that are not under the control of the Torrent-Finder owner.
Torrent-Finder remains operational through another URL, Torrent-Finder.info,
so feel free to check it out for yourself. The layouts of the sites it
searches are clearly visible in the results shown.
Yesterday we reported that the domain of hiphop site RapGodFathers had been
seized and today we can reveal that they are not on their own. Two other
music sites in the same field – OnSmash.com and DaJaz1.com – have fallen
to the same fate. But ICE activities don’t end there.
Several other domains also appear to have been seized including
2009jerseys.com, nfljerseysupply.com, throwbackguy.com, cartoon77.com,
lifetimereplicas.com, handbag9.com, handbagcom.com and dvdprostore.com.
Domain seizures coming under the much debated ‘censorship bill’ COICA?
Who needs it?
Written by enigmax on November 26, 2010 - TorrentFreak
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