[NetBehaviour] Newly Obtained Homeland Security Documents Reveal Radical Shift In Internet Policy.

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Mon Apr 11 10:16:09 CEST 2011

Lots of coverage of our efforts this week. THE HILL: Groups slam online 
piracy efforts; TECHDIRT: People Across Political Spectrum Come Out 
Against COICA Censorship Bill; CONGRESSIONAL QUARTERLY: Online piracy 
bipartisan domain; POLITICO: Groups blast Leahy piracy bill.

Brian McCarthy ran a website, channelsurfing.net, that linked to various 
sites where you could watch online streams of TV shows and sports 
networks. A couple months ago, the government seized his domain name and 
on Friday they arrested him and charged him with criminal copyright 
infringement -- punishable by five years in prison.

We just obtained a copy of the complaint (below) that the Department of 
Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) 
made against him -- and they don't even allege that he made a copy of 
anything!   Just that he ran what they call a "linking website" which 
linked to various sites with copyrighted material. Under that sort of 
thinking, everyone who's sent around a link to a copyrighted YouTube 
video is a criminal.


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