I'm confused as why the HN headline says "MediaaFire" while the linked article and add-on are "MafiaaFire", though. UPDATE: It was a mistake and was fixed.
Oh, and it's completely ridiculous that DHS is enforcing IP. I mean, what a completely inappropriate and wasteful use of that department.
Edit: Did a Google search for "MediaaFire" which brought up nothing relevant. It DID show this posting, though, which I find to be amazing (It's only existed for 15 minutes.)
The Secret Service was created by Lincoln to combat an extremely high rate of counterfeiting currency. When the Department of Homeland Security was created, the Secret Service became part of that department.
I'm sure you will be happy to know that the Secret Service also provides protection for "important" citizens traveling abroad. They also investigate cases involving child pornography and various types of fraud.
"Bureaucracy expands to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy."
-- Oscar Wilde
For example, just found out not too long ago that TVA* still exists!
To me that is a prime example of a self perpetuating bureaucracy. It is like a self-aware organ of a larger organism that refuses to die and does all it can to fight back and stay alive.
* For those who are wondering this is the Tennessee Valley Authority. Which was created during the Great Depression to help electrify the South. The South has pretty much been electrified but TVA still keeps on chugging along 80 years later.
Unlike the governments law enforcement apparatus, TVA still works in the domain they were deployed for, managing water and electricity in the areas around Tennessee.
I don't personally believe that the gov't has any business acting as a uniformed proxy for the RIAA and MPAA, but if they're going to take on that role they need to create an organization with the mandate to do so, a clear mission statement, and transparent statements and limitations of power. They need to be independent of the content industry, and operate within well-defined boundaries if they are to have any legitimacy.
I guess the FBI has too many cumbersome rules to be trusted with criminal investigation.
If so, what does IP law have to do with this? Don't they have terrorists to catch, luggage to search, and people to view naked through a machine?
I'm of the opinion that the DHS is a wholly unnecessary entity that is one of the worst legacies of 9/11. They don't do anything that the FBI/CIA wasn't already able to do before. Just another bureaucracy to waste our money and pervert our freedoms.
They have already got in to some hot water when they seized a dynamic dns domain that was hosting thousands of subdomains (only one was accused of pedophilia trafficking). They wildcard redirected the domain to an IP that hosts a page saying that domain was seized because the site was hosting pedophilia. Pedophilia labeling was strung across a lots of personal sites, church websites, and radio station websites in the processes. It took days for them to revert it and have all the DNS records propagated but the damage was partly already done as it labeled innocent parties as pedophiles without due process.
Not sure who is doing oversite of the DHS/ICE's efforts here. Probably best not to buy .COM/.NET domains, especially if you register it with US address in the WHOIS.
I noticed that the image is always named something generic like banner2.jpg and there's no other uniquely identifiable information in the HTML. I think they do it specifically to make it very difficult to Google Search for seized domains.
I've always wondered if they could be sued for that.
PS: I would throw money someone's way to do this too.
Sure, but there isn't. :)
You are willing to give them more credit than I am.
I'm not sure they have much of a legal argument here though, nor do they have a due process workaround... well, unless they seize mozilla.org.
And there's that other test case Grellas posted the other day, suing C|Net for distributing Limewire. It obviously hasn't been decided yet, but it could create a dangerous precedent in the future. I strongly suspect they expected everyone to just cave. As things stand, I expect that copies of the extension will get hosted outside the USA, making any further action meaningless.
Even had they quietly allowed it to get taken down, someone almost certainly would have hosted a copy or created a new extension outside the US.
Also, perhaps they didn't want to spend the $5k on a lawyer to draw up an official document, hoping that a simple request would suffice. Understandable, and laudable - as is Mozilla's refusal to comply with what is nothing more than a request.
Though nobody concerned is revealing the actual delivery method, it would look something like a process server and it wouldn't be called "asking."
a government bureaucrat letting pass a chance to send more work to his lawyer friend? Nope. They just do not risk yet to attack Mozilla on such a shaky ground as declaring such an add-on as a paraphernalia of copyright infringement. Yet, it is just a matter of time. They will start with somebody less popular than Mozilla.
they would have raided the mozilla's offices and as GP mentioned seized the domain. When they can - they do.
This kind of thing just makes them look like hired thugs (working essentially for free, no less).
So yes, stupidity of the child organization does imply some degree of stupidity of the organization as a whole. The converse however is indeed false (incompetence of the DHS does not imply incompetence of say, the Secret Service).
IANAL, but I don't see how it could be illegal to violate a court order that is not directed at you.
Basically Mozilla replied with "Oh Yeah...Show me which law compels me to listen to your non-threat threat? " Fantastic and perfectly legal response.
99% of others would have just blindly complied - which is probably more scary to me than anything any External entity might do to America.
Most were video streaming websites.
As far as Mozilla is concerned, I have always held them in high regard and this case reaffirms my point of view. What scares me though, is the far reaching arm of DHS being able to take down domains in the first place.
The airport security circus has been going for a very long time, and only getting worse.
And hopefully gas prices will go up well past $10/G so even more subjects will be forced into mass transit. Then, one "terrorist bomb" on a muni bus, and bingo: DHS for all (or would that be "DHS uber alles"?)! (Unemployment will drop sharply due to DHS hiring; the MSM will be gleeful!).
Thank goodness for Big Brother.