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Bittorrent sites live again in non-US domains

Giving dot com the bird
Mon Nov 29 2010, 18:08

THE US GOVERNMENT'S seizure of dozens of website domains to stop bittorrent filesharing has been a total waste of time.

Websites like Torrent Finder are already operating under .info domains, beyond the reach of the US government, hours after the seizure action. The sudden strike against domains seems more like a desperate attempt to demonstrate control, by a government that can't even keep its own secret diplomatic cables secret.

According to the BBC, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency had used the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) to seize the websites' domain names.

But the result has been a whole lot of work for not much return. This fiasco follows the recent loss of an appeal by the Pirate Bay operators and filesharing operation Limewire's demise.

This whack-a-mole game between filesharers and governments driven by the music and film cartels might continue for years to come, as one strike against a website simply sees it move elsewhere. µ


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