by Mike Masnick

Filed Under:
censorship, domain seizures

ice, nfl

ICE Seized 20 Domain Names For The NFL Over The Weekend

from the not-slowing-down dept

Despite challenges concerning the legality of ICE seizing domain names prior to any sort of adversarial hearing, it appears that ICE has no intention to slow down. The group quietly seized 20 more domain names over the weekend, and it looks like most involved sites selling unauthorized NFL jerseys. ICE has been a bit slower about going after copyright related domain names, focusing more on trademark domain names recently, but it's still questionable as to whether or not the group really has the right to censor domain names without an adversarial hearing. Of course, ICE is relying on the fact that no one behind these sites is likely to speak up, which is why it gets away with its out-and-out censorship. In the meantime, you would think that ICE would have more important things to do than be the personal private police force of various entertainment industry entities.

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    Anonymous Coward, 25 Oct 2011 @ 10:09am

    Re: Re:

    As usual, I couldn't read your whole post (too many notes, Wolfie!), but I got the gist. ICE obviously doesn't think they're ignoring the law. In fact, their actions indicate the opposite--why else would they keep doing it? Mike is pretending that ICE is doing this "quietly" because (in his mind) they're unsure of the legality of it and are trying to get away with it on the sly. That doesn't make any sense to me, and frankly, taking one look at the banner they post on the seized sites tells me that being pretty open and vocal about what they've done. See for yourself:

    Yeah, that's real quiet.

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