In the wake of the news about the federal government completely censoring dajaz1.com
for over a year on no legal basis, we've been wondering about some of the other websites
that ICE has seized that have asked for the domains back -- without any further due process. Torrent-finder.com, which unlike the blog Dajaz1.com, is just a search engine, let us know that their situation is just slightly different. But what it comes down to is that the Justice Department doesn't like search engines
and is waiting for Torrent-Finder to come up with a way not to find infringing materials:
The status of torrent-finder is different than other domains: we’re working with ICE to regain the domain by proposing methods torrent-finder can modify its search engine to ameliorate problems identified in the seizure. Broadly speaking, these are problems that IPR has identified with search engines in general. We’re confident that this process will result in release of the domain name, and validation that torrent-finder.com’s business is not based on infringement. In the meantime, my client’s torrent-finder.com business has essentially been given the death penalty: over one year has passed with the domain offline, while the wheels of justice seem to grind more slowly than ever.
Is this really what we want or what the law allows? For the government to completely shut down a search engine for over a year with no actual court process, while the search engine gets to "propose" different ways to build a search engine... while waiting (and waiting and waiting) for DOJ officials to get back to them on how search engines should work in their "expert" opinions?