If you have been trying to smuggle bombs into the USA, you can feel a little less pressure now. It looks like the US Homeland Security services have gotten bored trying to find real terrorists and are now looking for websites hosting pirated music and videos.
According to FoxNews and TorrentFreak, Homeland Security has taken down over 80 domains on the internet. The sites were taken down because of copyright violationsof various types. According to the articles, no legal take-down notices are issued. Basically, the domain name is stolen from the owner, with no warrants or legal action needed by the US Government.
TorrentFreak mentions that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) have recently spent more than $1.8 million dollars lobbying the US House and Senate. They want to make it even easier to take down offending websites in the future, by way of a pending bill called Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act(COICA).
It looks like the combination of the recent WikiLeaks controversy and the money from MPAA/RIAA are paying off. The US security agencies are becoming more like their counterpart agencies in China. If they don’t like a website, a simple phone call will take it down.
I don’t know about you, but I will feel much better as I walk bare-foot through the airport to get a personal pat down by the TSA. I’ll be perfectly safe from people carrying pirated MP3 files on their iPods.
It’s so reassuring to know that my tax dollars support Homeland Security’s new job; keeping the internet safe from terrorist file hosts.