The U.S. government has been proactive about taking down torrent websites. ICE – Homeland Security Investigations seized the domain of BitTorrent meta-search engine Torrent-Finder.com without giving them a court notice or complaint.
?My domain has been seized without any previous complaint or notice from any court!? said the founder of Torrent-Finder in a message to TorrentFreak.com. ?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.?
Torrent-Finder.com does not link to any torrents directly. It returns searches in embedded iframes from other websites. Other websites that have been taken down include hip-hop website RapGodFathers.com, OnSmash.com, and DaJaz1.com.
The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) was placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders as of November 18, 2010. The Act was introduced on September 20, 2010 and is currently pending a Senate vote, a House Vote, and signing by President Obama.