by Mike Masnick
Thu, Jul 28th 2011 7:02pm
A few weeks back, we wrote about a bunch of new domain seizures by Homeland Security's ICE division, and wondered why ICE hadn't said anything publicly about them. Well, it's finally put out an announcement about these domain seizures, including the fact that it had the operator of one site arrested for selling counterfeit Sons of Anarchy apparel. That guy, Ryan Breen, now faces 10 years in jail and fines up to $2 million. It seems there's a fair bit of irony in the fact that DHS/ICE is so thrilled about busting a guy selling apparel for a TV show that plays up an outlaw motorcycle gang known for its illegal weapons trafficking. Let's celebrate the gun runners... and punish the guy who made some t-shirts with 10 years in jail, huh? I have to admit that I'd much rather see Homeland Security and ICE actually focus on protecting the country, rather than some guy in upstate NY selling some t-shirts to fans of a TV show. And, of course, once again, it appears that most of the domains seized were taken without any notice, without any opportunity for the domain holders to respond. ICE has made it abundantly clear that they don't care about due process or the First Amendment in seizing domains, and frankly I find that a lot more troubling than some guy selling t-shirts online.
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