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US goes on offense against digital piracy
« on: May 28, 2011, 01:41:15 am »
By Rich Gardella and Jamie Forzato, NBC News

The U.S. government is cracking down on Internet piracy. This week, the Department of Homeland Security announced it had seized the domain names of five websites that it says were being used to sell counterfeit goods and illegally distribute copyrighted media content.

Amid growing calls for more government regulation of the Internet, the United States is conducting what it calls "a sustained law enforcement initiative aimed at counterfeiting and piracy" – an effort that already has resulted in arrests and the seizure of 125 websites.

Ask anybody who uses a computer if they've ever downloaded or streamed media content for free on the Internet, and the answer most likely will be yes. The U.S. government and the American media industry say as much as a quarter of this kind of media traffic violates U.S. copyright law, and both are getting serious in their attempts to turn off the spigot.

But detractors of the crackdown say that the government shouldn’t side with industry and attempt to restrict what flows across the Internet.

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