I was aware that Onsmash had fallen foul of the Feds, but I didn't realise the extent of the online land-grab. This is pretty flipping terrifying.
From Natural News:
As part of a new expansion of government power over information, the Department of Homeland Security has begun seizing and shutting down internet websites (web domains)without due process or a proper trial. DHS simply seizes web domains that it wants to and posts an ominous "Department of Justice" logo on the web site. See an example athttp://torrent-finder.com
Over 75 websites were seized and shut down last week, and there is no indication that the government will stop such efforts. Right now, their focus iswebsitesthat they claim "violate copyrights," yet the torrent-finder.com website that was seized by DHS contained no copyrighted content whatsoever. It was merely a search enginewebsitethatlinkedto destinations where people could access copyrighted content.Googlealso links to copyrighted content -- does that mean the feds will soon seize Google, too?
Theseseizureswere conducted on the basis of language in theDMCAlaw, which is vastly overreaching in its powers (it was passed to appease the music recording industry and the RIAA). Even so, the U.S. Senate is right now considering passing yet another law -- COICA -- the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/11/...), a new law that would give thefederal governmenteven more power to shut down websites it opposed.
Read more about COICA here:http://www.usa-anti-communist.com/w...