UK Proposal Would Allow Police To Seize Domain Names Without A Court Order
from the taking-ice-up-a-notch dept
While Nominet insists that this should be limited to cases where it was needed "to prevent serious and immediate consumer harm," as we've seen with ICE's domain seizures, law enforcement (at the urging of the entertainment industry) likes to claim "serious and immediate consumer harm" from things like blogs that promote music. It's not difficult to see how this amorphous standard would be widely abused. Nominet also claims that this would only be used for "serious crimes" -- but the list includes: fraud, prostitution, money laundering, blackmail and copyright infringement. Ah, yes, copyright infringement. Forget due process, the UK police will just start shutting down sites on the say-so of the entertainment industry -- the same industry that says that the Internet Archive is a pirate site.