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US, UK Targeting Piracy Websites Outside Their Borders 214

Posted by timothy
from the let's-call-them-corsair-sites-instead dept.
nk497 writes "The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency is going after piracy websites even if they aren't hosted in the U.S., by targeting those with .net and .com domain names, which are managed by U.S. company Verisign. Meanwhile, a lawyer suggests even that [kind of connection] isn't needed to take a site to court in the UK, saying as long as the content is directed at UK users, that's connection enough to ensure jurisdiction."
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US, UK Targeting Piracy Websites Outside Their Borders

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  • by cgeys (2240696) on Monday July 04, 2011 @01:12PM (#36653800)
    I suggest that other countries start doing it too. Break any French law, face extradition. Break any Chinese law, face extradition. Break any North Korean law, face extradition. It doesn't matter that you have nothing to do with them. If US is doing it, why not others?
  • Re:Sad ... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Dunbal (464142) * on Monday July 04, 2011 @01:53PM (#36654170)

    I hardly care about enforcing against piracy, but id like to point out that natonalism is very last-generation and will die with our parents.

    I'm not so sure. That same fervor that drives religion, politics and sports fanaticism is what drives nationalism. I think this (misplaced) feeling of pride about what someone else is doing or saying or playing so long as he a) goes to the right church, b) plays for the right team, c) belongs to the right party or d) lives in our neighborhood is hard wired into our minds. Just like dogs have a mechanism that makes them prefer to live in organized packs, we humans love to form little tribes, clans or cliques. Yes the country may become less important, values may shift, but at the end of the day if you're not from [insert your town here] then you're a damned foreigner. It takes a lot of intelligence to become aware of this instinct and override it. Most people just aren't that smart.

  • by jeek (37349) <jeek.jeek@net> on Monday July 04, 2011 @02:10PM (#36654320) Homepage

    Let's get this idea out so that it gets implemented and leads to the decentralization of the DNS process...

    How about the U.S. starts seizing domains everywhere at the request of a U.S.-led cabal that has, as a condition of entry, the requirement that members agree to a U.S.-centric policy on copyright infringement?

    After the inevitable collapse of the current centralized DNS process, a couple of browser plugins and people will go on doing what they were already doing.

  • by mwvdlee (775178) on Monday July 04, 2011 @04:07PM (#36655190) Homepage

    Not to be pendantic, but "least likely" according to whom?
    Most certainly not according to pretty much every country except the USA.
    US has never been the most well-behaving country in the world.
    They've been on the good side of "playing nicely with other countries", but only by a small margin.

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