The U.S. government has launched a major crackdown on online copyright infringement, seizing dozens of sites linked to illegal file sharing and counterfeit goods.
Torrent sites that link to illegal copies of music and movie files and sites that sell counterfeit goods were seized this week by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement division of the Department of Homeland Security. Visitors to such sites as Torrent-finder.com, 2009jerseys.com, and Dvdcollects.com found that their usual sites had been replaced by a message that said, “This domain name has been seized by ICE–Homeland Security Investigations, pursuant to a seizure warrant issued by a United States District Court.”
“My domain has been seized without any previous complaint or notice from any court!” the owner of Torrent-Finder told TorrentFreak, which listed more than 70 domains that were apparently part of the massive seizure. …
The government seizing web sites now? Well, my music is free to download and there is other good high quality free music if you know where to look. You know, the Internet was born entirely of web sites which had no “commercially significant purpose” so this move by the music industry (which totally screws the musicians who make the music) annoys me.
People who want free music will move to alternatives to Limewire like Cabo and Frostwire… and if they get all of these shut down, there will be new programs, new networks. This seems like a losing battle with all the stolen music which is already out there, plus the ability of so many different programs to rip songs from music CDs.
Will they really make a dent in file sharing? Perhaps this is more of a symbolic gesture.