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The PRO IP Act, which the Department of Justice has already used to hound Megaupload (in a case which is itself rapidly falling apart), has an outrageous & overreaching provision allowing the government to seize any material goods which their lawyers can argue as having been used in an act of "infringement".

As if that wasn't insanely bullying enough, the DOJ is currently abusing the same clause as cover to wreak on the Internet (a non-material good) what we all feared from SOPA — large-scale dragnet censorship of websites on behalf of corporations in what they are calling "Operation In Our Sites".

Among the hundreds of seized domains was music site Dajaz1, which the government, acting as enforcer for the RIAA & without any evidence of wrongdoing, buried for a year. Over 750 websites remain unfairly shut down. This is no less than seizure without due process in violation of the 5th Amendment, as well as prior restraint in violation of the 1st.

The White House website now has a petition to shut down this illegal censorship. Please either sign it or pass it on to let the DOJ know you won't stand idly by as they criminalize the Internet & its users.

Originally posted to Brown Thrasher on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 01:46 PM PDT.

Also republished by The Amateur Left.

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