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Homeland Security conducts website piracy crackdown

updated 03:50 am EST, Sat November 27, 2010

P2P web domains, among over 70 shut down

Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a division of the Department of Homeland Security has shut down a number of online music and movie file sharing websites according to a NYTimes report. Among the sites that ICE seized were torrent-finder.com, onsmash.com and rapgodfathers.com. At least 70 other websites that were supporting either counterfeit clothing, DVDs and other items were also taken down.

Visitors to the sites are greeted with the message below notifying users of the seizure and the severe penalties associated with copyright infringement and dealing in counterfeit items.



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  1. chefpastry

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Nov 2005

    +11

    Huh?

    As far as I know, Torrent-Finder didn't break any laws. What is this country becoming?

  1. dmsimmer

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Feb 2005

    +4

    Becoming

    We should ALL be concerned by this. How was our liberty threatened by fake handbags?

  1. Cronocide

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Nov 2010

    -3

    Picture Perfect

    Right now is the perfect time for both pirates and paid-software advocates alike. Those who don't want to pay for software: don't, and those who do: do. No one gets in trouble either way, and everyone is happy.

  1. driven

    Addicted to MacNN

    Joined: May 2001

    +10

    Homeland security?

    I'd love to know how piracy and knock-offs ended up under the department of Homeland Security?

    This getting like Chavez in Venezuela. If the gov't doesn't like something, seize it!

  1. frankiec

    Junior Member

    Joined: Apr 2005

    +3

    Oh bummer

    Don't ya love that Hope & Change(R)?

  1. jahbadaboo

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Feb 2010

    +5

    Worldwide

    Whats amazing is that Homeland Security can block not only users of the United States but shut down the site so no one can access it across the world. I have to hand it to my country, they can police the globe militarily and now informatively as well. Well done.

    I wonder how long until they found some copyright clause with websites such as wikileaks, and Homeland Security has the jurisdiction to shut down that site.

  1. Bobfozz

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jul 2008

    -3

    commenters...

    you truly are clueless and obviously have never run a business.

  1. Geoduck

    Junior Member

    Joined: Jan 2010

    +5

    RE: Commenters...

    And you obviously don't know a police-state grab for power when you see it.

    This just shows DHS for what it really is: A shill for corporations. It has nothing to do with protecting anyone. It's there to keep the companies that have bought and paid for the government in the black.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    0

    Okaaayyyy

    So, they can't find Osama, but we've stopped some nefarious file sharing sites! Woohoo! It's almost the same!

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    +2

    Re: Homeland security?

    I'd love to know how piracy and knock-offs ended up under the department of Homeland Security?

    Well, during the great department shakeup foisted upon the US after the passing of the 'patriot' act, the customs enforcement group was moved underneath the DHS. Why? Because they're supposed to be "responsible for identifying, investigating, and dismantling vulnerabilities regarding the nation's border, economic, transportation, and infrastructure security. "

    Now, under the ICE is the Cyber Crimes Section, which seems to have been earmarked as being the investigative unit for all nefarious activities that are instigated/facilitated over the internet (just like how the postal service are the ones investigating mail fraud). Apparently this includes IP-related crimes (because, as we know, the terrorists are the ones posting Justin Bieber's new album on the torrent sites!).

    Now, why that isn't just handled by the folks at the DOJ, who have their own unit doing this, that's easy. It's called bureaucracy.

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