The U.S. Government has been very busy. Without any need for COICA, ICE has just seized BitTorrent domains and other music linking sites which appear to be connected to counterfeit goods. It is complex but possible for U.S. authorities and copyright organizations to point at a fully-fledged BitTorrent site with a tracker and say
“that’s an infringing site.”
When they look at a site which hosts torrents but does not operates a tracker, the finger pointing becomes quite a bit more difficult.
Visitors to the Torrent-Finder.com site are greeted with an eye opening home page which indicates that ICE have seized the site’s domain.
The owner of Torrent-Finder told the press
“My domain has been seized without any previous complaint or notice from any court! I firstly had DNS downtime. While I was contacting GoDaddy I noticed the DNS had changed. Godaddy had no idea what was going on and until now they do not understand the situation and they say it was totally from ICANN”
A spokeswoman for ICE confirmed seizures by stating
“ICE office of Homeland Security Investigations executed court-ordered seizure warrants against a number of domain names. As this is an ongoing investigation, there are no additional details available at this time.”
ICE released these blocked websites to the public. These websites had a warrant for closure due to