Wednesday, February 02, 2011
THE US GOVERNMENT NEGLECTED TO TELL US THEY OWN THE INTERNET
No, they haven’t shut down Doc40. I guess we’re not that much of a menace. They have, however – as our pal Bernard informs us – shut down a site in Spain. It would seem to indicate that, if our corporate overlords feel sufficiently threatened, they can leave us blind, deaf, and cut off.
"US authorities have seized the domain of the hugely popular sports streaming and P2P download site Rojadirecta. The site, which is one of the most visited sites on the Internet, lost its .org domain which now redirects to a notice from DOJ/ICE. Rojadirecta is an unusual target because two courts in Spain have ruled that the site operates legally, and other than the .org domain the site has no links to the US. Rojadirecta is known as one of the world’s major Internet sports broadcast indexes. The site links to broadcasts of many popular soccer matches plus other sporting events including NBA, MLB, NFL, NPB, IPL. The site has well over a million visitors a day, and is listed among the 100 most popular sites in Spain in terms of traffic. This morning, however, visitors were surprised by a warning from US authorities. Continuing the previous “Operation in Our Sites” actions, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had seized Rojadirecta’s .org domain. Rojadirecta is an unusual target for several reasons, not least because the site has been declared legal twice by Spanish courts. The site’s owners have previously fought a three year legal battle in Spain, which they won, but a single seizure warrant from US authorities has made this victory pointless.” (Click here for more)
The secret word is Isolated
Posted by Mick at 2/02/2011 02:02:00 PM