Shit just got really real for torrents and counterfeiting websites over the Thanksgiving holiday. TorrentFreak is counting 77 plus domains seized. The URLs indicate are sites were used to peddle counterfeit goods as well as illegally shared media files. Based on the comments on the websites reporting the seizures, folks are blaming President Obama and talking out of pocket. While folks were eating Thanksgiving turkey, slapping high five while watching football games, hanging out with relatives that they prefer to slap and getting high off of alcohol, The Senate Judiciary Committee quickly passed the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act or COICA (S. 3804), but it still needs approval from the House and the Senate before it becomes law. It gives the Attorney General the power to “shut down websites if copyright infringement is deemed central to the website’s activities”. On Friday Homeland Security swooped down on those folks who have been pointing their middle fingers at the copyright law and confiscated anything that was not nailed down along with every computer and server in the building. Can we all agree that big brother and big sister ain’t playing with folks? #JUSTSAYING! That is what your asses get for not voting in mid-term elections for the Democrats….the Republicans ain’t finished with folks yet. Blame it on the black guy is in full effect! Uh Huh! If some of you woke up tomorrow and could not access the Internet…..then what?
The Internet is buzzing that the cause of the seizures could be connected to Wikileaks. On Sunday Wikileaks had planned to unleash millions of sensitive documents on torrent websites. The documents reveal concerns about Iran’s nuclear program with some of America’s Arab allies prominent in wanting something done about it and soon. Other sensitive issues – the rise of China, and planning for the possible collapse of North Korea. Can you blame the Homeland Security for not shutting down torrent websites before chaos ensues? Wikileaks can rock the world!
This is the sign that is now gracing the domains seized by Homeland Security.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seizing sites directly from ICANN because of complaints filed against them; the agency is not doing so under the auspices of the Digital Millenium Coptyright Act (DMCA) or a more recently introduced, so-called “censorship” bill, the Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act, or COICA, which was created specifically to address the issue of piracy.
ICE released a written statement that said the website domains were taken because of “court-ordered seizure warrants.” ICE said: “As this is an ongoing investigation, there are no additional details available at this time,” and that these domain owners better get over themselves because we don’t give a damn if your asses got a problem with the U.S. government seizure because you should not have been downloading copyright material in the first place. They didn’t say that last part either, but it really should have.
What is very clear at this very moment is that any domain that Homeland Security deem to peddling counterfeit goods and illegally shared media files will be shutdown. In a statement to the New York Times, Cori W. Bassett, a spokesperson for ICE said that the “ICE office of Homeland Security Investigations [had] executed court-ordered seizure warrants against a number of domain names.”
On November 26th, a Swedish court upheld the copyright convictions of three of the four founders of The Pirate Bay, the world’s most famous file-sharing Web site.
Days earlier, thanks to the lobbying of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), a U.S. Senate committee approved, by a unanimous vote, the COICA (Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act) bill. COICA would make not only the people hosting file sharing search sites but ISPs and the Internet bodies responsible for the Domain Name System (DNS) responsible for possible copyright violations.
TorrentFreak has a running list of other seized domains. And here’s a quote from the Torrent-finder owner:
“My domain has been seized without any previous complaint or notice from any court!” the exasperated owner of Torrent-Finder told TorrentFreak this morning.
“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 explained.
You know all of those websites that have movies, music, software and any other copyrighted material that you would find in a retailer….that is what the Homeland Security big boys and big girls seized over the holiday weekend. Trust me they ain’t even put a dent in…..it, expect to hear more shutdowns in the next coming weeks. Story developing…..I am getting my popcorn and pulling myself up to a computer to read about all of it. Let the haters who hated on our President talk shit and kick rocks! Who is the pussy now?