Sen Ron Wyden promises hard questions over US Customs Enforcement's secret seizure of domain names

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9 Responses to “Sen Ron Wyden promises hard questions over US Customs Enforcement's secret seizure of domain names”

  1. angusm says:

    Look, honey, it’s a little Star Chamber all of our own.

  2. Mordicai says:

    ؟ I don’t see what the big deal is; the government has a secret court where they judge your right to speech.  ؟ Why all the fuss?

  3. Jim Saul says:

    “When information which properly belongs to the public is systematically withheld by those in power, the people soon become ignorant of their own affairs, distrustful of those who manage them, and – eventually – incapable of determining their own destinies.” Richard M. Nixon

  4. Baldhead says:

    That was something i just noticed, and am confused by- why was ICE involved at all? Copyright, at first glance, should be so far outside their juridsiction as to make seeing them enforce traffic violations make more sense.

    • Another Kevin says:

      It becomes the jurisdiction of Customs if it is alleged that foreign goods have been imported into the United States in infringement of a patent, copyright or trademark; ICE is authorised to search for and seize the counterfeit merchandise.  Apparently, in the Dajaz1.com case, at least some of the infringing material is alleged to have arrived through foreign trade.

      Or else it’s “because we can.” That seems to be the mode of law enforcement nowadays. 

      Obligatory authoritarianism: And law enforcement needs to be able to conduct arbitrary seizures like this to defend us from the terrorists. So quit complaining.

  5. Stefan Jones says:

    I’m really glad this guy is my senator!

  6. Nicole Harkin says:

    someone needs to tell wydan’s office they don’t need to use FOIA. They are Congress…they have subpoena powers…along with a few others. more information here: http://www.pogo.org/cots/

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