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April 4, 2011

TorrentFreak Reports on Domain-Seizure Failures

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Posted by Alan Wexelblat

Back in February I put up a quick pointer to a TorrentFreak note that 84,000 domains had been shut down by mistake. Well, along with 84,000 mistakes the Feds also tried to seize the domain names of about 80 sites that were accused of sharing files or selling counterfeit goods. You'd think they could get it right 1 in 1000 times, no?

Well, um, no. TorrentFreak's post-mortem on the shutdowns indicates that most were back on the net in a few minutes under new domain names. Sometimes it was a simple as changing a .com domain name to a .info or other TLD.

Of course the MPAA and government tout these as "successes" which leads to two possible conclusions. One is that they're just too stupid to understand how the domain naming system works; two is that they're just willfully misleading (that'd be "lying") to the public. Take your pick, and keep this in mind next time you see someone claiming that the COICA bill is a good idea.

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