According to the Huffington Post (h/t Prison Planet), the government has seized over 70 websites that allegedly violate copyright. The seizure was driven by the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA) and the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) that was passed earlier this month by Congress.
Mike Adams, of Natural News, describes the situation as follows:
As part of a new expansion of government power over information, the Department of Homeland Security has begun seizing and shutting down internet websites (web domains) without due process or a proper trial. DHS simply seizes web domains that it wants to and posts an ominous “Department of Justice” logo on the web site. See an example at http://torrent-finder.com
Over 75 websites were seized and shut down last week, and there is no indication that the government will stop such efforts. Right now, their focus is websites that they claim “violate copyrights,” yet the torrent-finder.com website that was seized by DHS contained no copyrighted content whatsoever (emphasis mine). It was merely a search engine website that linked to destinations where people could access copyrighted content. Google also links to copyrighted content — does that mean the feds will soon seize Google, too?
These seizures were conducted on the basis of language in the DMCA law, which is vastly overreaching in its powers (it was passed to appease the music recording industry and the RIAA). Even so, the U.S. Senate is right now considering passing yet another law — COICA — the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/11/…), a new law that would give the federal government even more power to shut down websites it opposed.
As Christina Gagnier points out in her above-mentioned HuffPo article that is appropriately subtitled “Burning the House to Roast the Pig,” similar laws to rein in the Internet and resolve the admittedly difficult problem of copyright infringement have either foundered or led to (here we go again!) unexpected consequences. (If you want to see the consequences of this kind of legislation, read the sad story of the Fedex Fiasco and laugh, or maybe weep).
But the biggest losers here are the American people and constitutional government. John Podesta, who is a leading Obama rasputin and a Soros pawn, suggested that Obama should rule by decree and other extralegal means after the Democrats’ recent drubbing at the polls. (Bypassing legal governmental processes has been a major theme of the Obama regime – for examples of evidence, see here and here.)
Given the Obama regime’s unprecedented hunger for power, intolerance of opposition and impatience with the Constitution and the rule of law, COICA is an important step toward achieving Obama’s totalitarian goals.