Dutch Anti-Piracy Group, With MPAA's Help, Able To Grab 29 US-Hosted Domains… With No Trial Or Notice
from the everyone-seize-domains-now dept
Now that the US government appears to be endorsing the idea of simply seizing domain names without notice to the proprietors of those domains, it appears that others are doing the same as well. TorrentFreak reports that the Dutch anti-piracy group, BREIN, with help from the MPAA, has been able to get 29 different domain names — all hosted in the US — to point to BREIN’s homepage instead. The owners of those domains were apparently given no notice and no recourse. It sounds like most of the sites did not host any content but linked to potentially infringing content.
Whether or not you believe that simply linking to potentially infringing content should be against the law, we’re seeing yet another example of the simple lack of due process and how this may impact other areas. If BREIN can get US domains shut down, what’s to stop other countries from doing the same thing? China doesn’t like reporting by an American site about China? What’s to stop it from trying to “seize” that domain? Even if we grant the idea that many of these domains were engaged in or encouraging unauthorized copying of works covered by copyright, why should BREIN and the MPAA simply get to shut them down without any sort of trial?