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MPAA & Dutch BREIN seize 29 domains without due process

Posted 17 December 2010 13:00 CET by wconeybeer

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in cooperation with their sister organization from the Netherlands, Bescherming Rechten Entertainment Industrie Nederland (BREIN), carried out operations this week to seize 29 US-hosted domains, mostly BitTorrent and Usenet indexing services, and redirect them all to the BREIN online home page. Now, questions are arising as to how these entertainment industry organizations were able to do this with no notice or recourse for the domain owners.

TorrentFreak spoke with BREIN director Tim Kuik in an attempt to get an explanation for the actions.

“This year we have made over 600 of these sites inaccessible. Some seek refuge in a foreign hosting provider. These 29 apparently thought that in America they could go undisturbed. That is incorrect,” Kuik said. “They are directed at the Dutch public” and “unlawful under Dutch law.”

“Through cooperation with our foreign colleagues we can make sites in other countries inaccessible,” he added, his “foreign colleagues” being officials at the MPAA

TorrentFreak also requested a list of the affected Domains, however Kuik was quick to rebuff that request: “No, that would amount to free PR for the sites that intend to continue their unlawful activities at another hosting provider. These are not large sites and we want to keep it that way,” was the reply. The MPAA has yet to comment on the situation.

The US government’s seizure of 82 sites during the week of Thanksgiving without due process was bad enough, especially since the owners of those domains are still waiting for an explanation as to what they had done wrong. This is a step worse because the MPAA and BREIN are not even government agencies. These are anti-piracy organizations that appear to be carrying out their own brand of vigilante justice.

I don’t have a problem with governments using legal means and due process to shut down websites that are clearly infringing on copyrights. To allow entertainment industry executives to practice vigilante justice by seizing sites that have not been proven to host illegal content is a whole other issue entirely, and a dangerous precedent to set.

tmc8080
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 18 Dec 10 01:55
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Mr. Belvedere
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 20 Dec 10 09:21
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BitTorrent and Usenet indexing services, and redirect them all to the BREIN online home page.
So right now all they need to do is to hack the BREIN website and make a nice tracker on it.
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Seán
Senior Administrator & Reviewer
Posted on: 20 Dec 10 12:57
As very few seem to know what domains were shutdown, this indicates that they couldn't have been all that popular.

So I see this as little other than MPAA and Brien doing this as a publicity stunt now that the Anonymous group seems to be dying out.

So what about those users who did use these affected websites? Well, a Google/Bing search later and they'll probably have landed on something much bigger and more established and have lots more content than what was on any of the sites whose domains were seized.
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Mr. Belvedere
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 20 Dec 10 13:12
It's only US hosted domains, so this is not a really huge victory.
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coolcolors
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 20 Dec 10 16:42
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Originally Posted by Mr. Belvedere
It's only US hosted domains, so this is not a really huge victory.
I figured as much...take one down many more pop up and get mirror somewhere else... What kinda stupidity did they go to school at? The net is vast and never will go away. They are a dying business model and they know it they are grabbing at straws and sinking farther and farther down in the bog....
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Drum
MyCE Member
Posted on: 20 Dec 10 18:06
"TorrentFreak also requested a list of the affected Domains, however Kuik was quick to rebuff that request: “No, that would amount to free PR for the sites that intend to continue their unlawful activities at another hosting provider. These are not large sites and we want to keep it that way,” was the reply. The MPAA has yet to comment on the situation."

This makes me wonder if they have taken over some of the sites and will continue to operate them, for future prosecution of uploaders and downloaders.

I personally don't download movies or music, the quality of movie files is generally crap unless they are huge, which my connection can't handle anyway and there isn't much music from the major labels worth listening to much less taking the time to find and download. These industry associations are fighting a loosing battle while the major labels are swirling in the toilet, and blaming everything on the downloaders. Great management they got there, glad don't own any of their stock......
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