The Hill reported on Friday that Homeland Security appears to be shutting down websites that facilitate copyright infringement. A website called Torrentfreak.com lists the websites that have been shut down.
The Hill reports:
“ICE appears to be targeting sites that help Internet users download copyrighted music, as well as sites that sell bootleg goods, such as fake designer handbags.
“The sites are replaced with a note from the government: “This domain named has been seized by ICE, Homeland Security Investigations.””
Is this the same ICE that is not securing our borders and not sending illegal aliens who commit crimes home? This is just wrong. It seems to me that these websites would not even be under the jurisdiction of ICE or Homeland Security. Where is the Interstate Commerce Committee on this?
This is disturbing. The only good news in The Hill report:
“The effort comes as Congress considers the Combatting Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA). Critics, including Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) say it is too heavy-handed. He has vowed to put a formal hold on the bill.”
The practice of shutting down websites needs to end as quickly as it began!