It is quite fascinating that the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is getting involved in fighting against the recent slew of domain name seizures. See their article here. Apparently it is becoming a common tactic for the RIAA to use the Department of Homeland Security and ICE to seize websites on their behalf in order to stop alleged copyright infringing content from being shared over the web.
The problem with this “seize and block the website and domain name first, ask questions later” approach is that it is dependent on the predatory organizations guarding the so-called “hen house.” There is no due process which forces the RIAA to immediately render a decision as to whether content shared is infringing the artists’ copyrights or not, which allows the RIAA to use the Department of Homeland Security as their patsy while they drag their feet and put the domain name owner out of business.
As of this morning, Congress sent a letter (below) to Attorney General Eric Holder and Janet Napalitano objecting to their recent domain name seizure activities.
Quite frankly, I have a problem with those in the position of government acting in ways that damage the rights of domain name registrants and website owners. Up front, I have nothing wrong with the government fighting criminal activities. However, where the government is careless in their execution of their duties, this is where I have the problem.
Imagine a police office pulls over a car for violating the law. I have no problem with this. However, when that same police officer drives through red lights, and crashes into multiple cars, knocking over pedestrians and wrecking mailboxes, only to find that he was chasing someone that was not even guilty?? I have a problem with this.