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The US Federal Government has gone too far.

Posted by DarthWho on November 27, 2010 at 1:07 PM

In a recent crackdown 76 sites including TORRENTFINDER.COM were shutdown for allegedly participating in Piracy just one problem torrentfinder is (or rather was) an internet search engine.while admittedly most of the sites were asssociated with piracy of some form torrentfinder was a search engine while you most certainly could find pirated material if you searched for it you could also do it with Google Bing Yahoo or Ask. To add insult to injury the sites were shutdown merely on suspicion that they were hosting pirated material there was no proof provided before being shutdown. furthermore this all occured before the COICA(Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act) has even been considered by the house and senate this was all done under the DMCA(Digital Millennium Copyright Act) which is limited to shutting down suspected (READ any allegations of piracy) sites hosted in the US however the COICAwould allow the US federal Government to redirect any trafic to any site in the world effectivly shutting those sites down from my perspective this sounds quite a bit like it could rapidly devolve into nothing more than a censorship bill considering that no proof is required only the allegation.


In light of this please refrain from posting any material that could be considered pirated or that belongs to someone else without their consent (I generally take the consent as being at least their providing the sourcecode to their work with the stipulation that if it is used in someting else that they want credit please provide credit for any work that you got from someone elses effort thank you)


FURTHER INFORMATION

http://torrentfreak.com/u-s-government-seizes-bittorrent-search-engine-domain-and-more-101126/

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/11/homeland-security-shuts-dozens-sites/?tech

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/27/technology/27torrent.html?_r=1

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/11/coica-web-censorship-bill/


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