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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Obama's Unjust Domain Name Seizures

Members of Congress Demand Answers for Homeland Security’s Unjust Domain Name Seizures | Electronic Frontier Foundation: "This morning, a bipartisan group of Representatives, led by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), sent a pointed letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and the Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano protesting the recent spat of domain name seizures—executed on dubious copyright grounds—that have been censoring websites with no due process. “Our concern centers on your Department’s methods, and the process given, when seizing the domain names of websites whose actions and content are presumed to be lawful, protected speech,” the letter said, which was also signed by Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Ut.). The Representatives’ letter focused on the case of former hip hop website Dajaz1. Dajaz1’s domain name had been seized for over a year, despite evidence that the website had lawful material, and that “many of the allegedly infringing links to copyrighted songs, and specifically the links that were the basis of the seizure order, were given to the site’s owner by artists and labels themselves” including Kanye West, Diddy, and a vice president of a major record label."

The same article went on to note:

"It is disturbing enough that DHS has been effectively acting as the tax-funded hired gun of the content industry, but, even more horrifying, it censored the wrong targets, for no good reason, for a year. Dajaz1’s case is far from unique, as we found out earlier this week when a similar situation happened to and, the popular sports streaming sites that were seized—again with no due process—back in February 2011."

One thing is clear--the Obama administration has no regard for consitutional rights or due process! One is left to wonder whether the Obama administration is merely acting as the inept goons of Hollywood moguls or has become itself an instrument of evil.

In any event, it is one more reason to NOT vote for Obama.

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