About 82 torrent and copyright-infringing websites were taken down by Homeland Security in the past week. The Torrent-Finder.com owner complained that his website was taken without a court complaint. The government has justified why they took down websites without notice. It turns out that the government shut down the 82 websites as part of an effort called “Operation In Our Sites II.”
“As of today ? what is known as ‘Cyber Monday’ and billed as the busiest online shopping day of the year ? anyone attempting to access one of these websites using its domain name will no longer be able to make a purchase,” stated Attorney General Eric Holder. The permission to seize these domain names came from magistrate judges. “[Intellectual property] crimes threaten economic opportunities and financial stability,” added Holder. “They destroy jobs.”
The shut-downs are temporary and there has not been a determination of guilt. The orders to take down these websites can be challenged, but it is an expensive process. The crackdown of these websites coincide with the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA).