The website domain seizure phenomenon has become fashionable in the past two years and worryingly all that’s required to begin taking control of a domain in the United States is an uncontested ex parte proceeding. As long as a government agent – often with the help of a rightsholder – can convince a judge of wrongdoing, it’s game on. Up until last month all the scare stories concerned U.S. domains, but then Homeland Security’s ICE unit announced Project Transatlantic which targeted top-level domains such as .eu, .be, .dk, .fr, .ro and .uk. Then last Friday we learned that the .EU domains of torrent sites Torrentz, Fenopy and RealTorrentz, DDL linking sites Sceper.eu and Downextra.eu, plus streaming links sites WatchSeries.eu and ChannelCut.eu, had all been put “on hold” by EURid, the European Registry of Internet Domain Names, pending legal action. There has been no official EURid announcement and the domain registry has not responded to our request for comment. However, we have discovered that EURid is also refusing to supply the official documentation that effectively authorized the “on holds” to representatives of the sites in question.
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Complaint To Brussels Prosecutor Put BitTorrent Domains In Peril