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