I’m for the fight to protect copyrighted works, and for government playing a key role in protecting people. But it seems like its going too far if there’s no due process before something is shut down. Especially if sites are targeted that just link to other sites who violate laws. Can they not shut down the actual sites hosting copyright violations? If they are hosted foreign then get the foreign government to do it or pass a law here not allowing Internet services to connect to sites from that country anymore.
But you can’t control how the content changes on sites you don’t own and only link to, the site this story was published on and that I’m linking to could break the law somehow, then I could liable. The World Wide Web is not so worldly when access to sites is arbitrarily blocked at any time by governments. When it comes to technology governments often don’t even follow their own laws. Ever since the “war on terrorism” started and you can wiretap anyone’s phone without a warrant, I guess websites being shut down are nothing. I don’t see how people can be expected to do everything a certain way, if the government doesn’t also have to stick to its own rules.
“My domain has been seized without any previous complaint or notice from any court!” the owner of Torrent-Finder explained TorrentFreak, “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.”
This is equivalent to having your house seized for pointing out to someone you can buy weed in the college district. The craziness goes even further – ordinary search engines are really effective at finding unauthorised copyrighted content as well. You can use Google to find the latest Parenthood episode in 720p, and Bing, too, is pretty good at it. Why aren’t we seeing notices for these domains as well?
Body scanners, sexual assault patdowns, censorship laws, seizure of property without even a notice (let alone a court order or conviction), even without doing or having done anything illegal. Welcome to the police state. It won’t be long now until the US government – and other government will surely follow – will start blocking websites that do not fall within the government’s favour. I’m sure WikiLeaks is being put on censorship lists as we speak.