.COM/.NET Registrants Face US Piracy Charges, Even If Local Piracy Laws Not Broken
Posted in: Domain Names at 06/07/2011 00:20
Website owners around the world using .COM or .NET domain names could find themselves on piracy charges and even face extradition to the US even if their website does not break any local laws The Guardian reported.
The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) is targeting websites outside America that they believe are "breaking US copyrights whether or not their servers are based in America or there is another direct US link, said Erik Barnett, the agency's assistant deputy director."
The Guardian also reports that "As long as a website's address ends in .com or .net, if it is implicated in the spread of pirated US-made films, TV or other media it is a legitimate target to be closed down or targeted for prosecution, Barnett said. While these web addresses are traditionally seen as global, all their connections are routed through Verisign, an internet infrastructure company based in Virginia, which the agency believes is sufficient to seek a US prosecution."
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