Homeland Security Seizes Websites of Copyright Violators

In the last week, the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement office has enacted court-ordered seizures on numerous websites that either link to or share “torrent” files of copyrighted material.

The agency apparently acted on complaints filed against the sites for copyright violations, the website Mashable.com reported.

Instead of using recently enacted laws governing copyright online, the department summarily seized the offending sites from ICANN, the nonprofit corporation that was formed in 1998 to coordinate the naming of Internet websites.

Mashable speculated on the haste with which the agency acted: “The DHS is bypassing typical laws and procedures to quickly stamp out file-sharing and counterfeiting — perhaps in time to thwart knock-off holiday shopping.”

To read the full article, click here:http://mashable.com/2010/11/27/homeland-security-website-seized