UK Police Seeking Domain Seizing Power of Its Own

UK Police Seeking Domain Seizing Power of Its Own

Wants Nominet, the Internet registry in charge of .uk domain names, to have the power to “suspend domain names if it has “reasonable grounds to believe they are being used to commit a crime,” but proposal would mean sites could be shuttered before a warrant has been issued or a trial been conducted.

With the controversial Combating Online Infringement & Counterfeits Act, legislation that would give the Department of Justice an “expedited process” for shutting down “websites devoted to providing access to unauthorized downloads, streaming or sale of copyrighted content and counterfeit goods,” having already been unanimously approved by the US Senate’s Committee on the Judiciary, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently seizing more than 70 domain names of sites it accuses of offering counterfeit goods or copyright infringing material it’s important to note that the UK is mulling similar domain name seizing efforts of its own.

The Serious and Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) is concerned that Nominet, the Internet registry in charge of .uk domain names, “does not have any clear obligation in its registrant Terms and Conditions that a domain name should not be used in connection with any activity that would constitute an offence under UK criminal law.”

SOCA says it believes that Nominet needs to amend its Term and Conditions so that there exists a “contractual basis” for under which Nominet can suspend domain names if it has “reasonable grounds to believe they are being used to commit a crime (e.g. a request from an identified UK Law Enforcement Agency).”

It’s not specifically clear for what crimes SOCA would request that a domain name be suspended, but with the Digital Economy Act soon to take effect copyright infringement and P2P are sure to be among them.

The Issue Group currently considering the issue is soliciting discussion on whether “safeguards are necessary (an appeals process, for example), and what information and support might be needed from the industry for responsible officers in Law Enforcement Agencies to help them identify when action is appropriate.”

There is no timetable for when the proposal would be adopted, if it all, but it’s disturbing nonetheless because it could offer police an easy backdoor nuclear option of shuttering websites accused of crimes like copyright infringement without having to actually prove their case in court.

UK citizens are invited to comment on the issue, all of which will be included in the Issue Group discussion.

Stay tuned.

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Tags coica, nominet, soca
Jared Moya

I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates.

Through the Law, and deception of their created ch
Through the Law, and deception of their created ch

Give them an inch and they'll take mile! This shit has already started in controlling the internet, they've already got in place their cretinously lawless and legally protected global dead beat soulless predator shit heads, criminalzing laws made up to suit their corporate criminalizing agenda's, now just forcing changes in terms and conditions, policies like up more compliance with other networks and countries.. that'll be done by economic incentives etc Next stop complete censorship and boot on the face of humanity conned into supporting this bunch of globalist criminal scum. UK police are mostly ignorant dumb parasites and legally protected just doing a job drones in revenue collection.. their moral conscience is woefully corrupted and non existant.. they do as they are told like good idiots on government payroll. Lawful theft is what they do best on behalf of the CORRUPT CROWN SERVICE, they also help the inJustice scum parasites in counter productive jobs including magistrates/solicitors lawyers and self righteous scum Judges with a steady income of funding and double tax dipping scumbaggery. Along with helping scum government targeted agenda of making more innocent people into criminals by their very act of getting into place biased scumbag corporate laws that they've fooled the stupid public into accepting by lies, propaganda, media reactionary hype and deception of the truth or lack thereof! Stupid public still haven't realized they've been zombie sleep walking right into an... Open Prison Police State and fascist CCTV council tax money siphoning scams,.. really its hard to see the UK public waking the fuck up and realizing the snake of lamestream media crap that has slowly hypnotized them on behalf of the inJustice/Masonic ruling elite shit heads that have wrapped itself around them only to be squeezing them into more debt and servitude to the corrupt criminal system rulers who have been playing a dirty deceitful game. Through the LAW and corporate/banking elite they have Royally screwed the brainwashed public into fearing the bogey man and giving up their own freedoms for a false sense of security and supporting corruption in censoring whatever the elite deem is inappropriate to their agenda, while criminalizing anyone who get's in their way.. the TRUTH to the public in anything got tossed by the way side, they still have realized the government, media and corrupt Crown justice system doesn't work for them, it works against them silently creeping up all around them.

Drew Wilson
Drew Wilson

So the UK Police want the power to waste taxpayers money and everyone's time in an “expedited process” too?