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United States lawmakers have proposed new legislation today that would allow the Department of Justice to take over domain names of websites that promote copyright infringement. The proposed bill would allow for court orders against domestic as well as foreign sites, which could potentially shutter many torrent sites including The Pirate Bay.
If signed into law
would allow for court orders against domestic as well as foreign sites
would allow the Department of Justice to file a civil
lawsuit against the domain owners.
Yeah, it seems they managed to take down the Pirate Bay tracker though, which really sucked at the time, a lot of files were lost...I hadn't heard of Megaupload being in jeopardy though, you have a link for that?
In the last massive sweep sites like Megaupload and even the Pirate Bay barely survived.
As part of an initiative to crack down on Internet piracy and counterfeiting, the US Government recently took action against sites making available movies and TV shows. Arrests did not feature in the action, but controversially the authorities seized site domain names instead. TorrentFreak has learned that both The Pirate Bay and MegaUpload domains were also on the target list.
‘Operation In Our Sites‘ culminated in the apparent shutting down of 9 sites – TVShack.net, Movies-Links.TV, FilesPump.com, Now-Movies.com, PlanetMoviez.com, ThePirateCity.org, ZML.com, NinjaVideo.net and NinjaThis.net – although not in the conventional manner.
Originally posted by Curiousisall
This worries me just because of the many legal, public domain files I find on these torrent sites. There is so much good stuff out there that is not copyrighted like out of print books and old documentaries that are not sold or distributed anymore. I doubt any site would draw enough traffic just promoting this legal stuff to be worth it.
Originally posted by serbsta
The EU will comply with and even authorize its own version of this law if need be. That's a non-issue really. Just look at the cross country anti-piracy police operation that saw many warez sites shut down just the last month.