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  •  Apparently The US CoC Doesn't Know (7+ / 0-)

    That the owner of a 'foreign website' can't be prosecuted in an American court of law, and that the American legal system can't shut down a 'foreign website' to begin with.

    I won't be coming home tonight, my generation will put it right - Genesis 9:3

    by superscalar on Thu Jan 19, 2012 at 01:19:18 PM PST

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    •  For copyright? They will haul your ass here. (7+ / 0-)
      Want to understand just how insane things may get under SOPA/PIPA? Just take a look at what's already happening under today's laws. Back in 2010, one of the first websites that Homeland Security's ICE (Immigrations & Customs Enforcement) group seized was TVShack.net. TVShack was a site that collected links to TV shows. Certainly, many of those shows were likely to be infringing -- but TVShack did not host the content at all, it merely linked to it. Richard O'Dwyer, the guy who ran the site, was a student building an interesting project over in the UK. However, the US Department of Justice decided that he was not only a hardened criminal, but one who needed to be tried on US soil. Thus, it began extradition procedures. Even worse, nearly identical sites in the UK had already been found legal multiple times -- with the court noting that having links to some infringing content was certainly not criminal copyright infringement. That makes things even more ridiculous, because extradition is only supposed to be allowed for activities that are criminal in both the US and the UK.
      US Can Extradite UK Student For Copyright Infringement, Despite Site Being Legal In The UK

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