Over a week ago, Geekosystem reported on how nine domains, including the much adored Ninjavideo
, were controversially taken down by U.S. authorities at the behest of Disney in the cleverly named "Operation In Our Sites
," citing intellectual property theft. Now we've learned that an apparently reliable source told TorrentFreak
that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
(ICANN)--the non-profit, private corporation responsible for managing the web’s domain name system--had in fact handed over
the movie streaming domains to the government, as the domain owners were violating their terms and conditions, in part by blocking their WHOIS information.
What's more, TorrentFreak is reporting that two more
sites had been targeted by Homeland Security officials: download giants Pirate Bay
were on the suggested list for domain seizure. P2P technology expert Johan Pouwelse
from the Delft University of Technology remarked: "Hollywood lawyers have discovered the soft underbelly of piracy."