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Mr. Rage Face Goes to Washington: Congresswoman Intends to Source Ideas From Reddit

In a move that will either prove to be brilliant or disastrous, House Representative Zoe Lofgren of California intends to use Reddit to take suggestions on legislation dealing with websites accused of copyright infringement. We think Reddit would be a great way for citizens to interact with their representatives, but the obvious potential for trolling is also worth considering. Internet, please behave.

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U.S. Government Begins New Round of Piracy-Related Domain Seizures

The U.S. government has resumed the punnily-named Operation In Our Sites, and has seized a new round of domains that have been associated with copyright infringement or crimes related to counterfeiting. This round of seizures signals the fourth round of doman seizures, and the first round since February of this year. Though which seized domains have yet to be officially revealed, TorrentFreak found a handful of the seized sites:,,,,, and If attempting to visit these sites, one will be greeted with the above graphic.

TorrentFreak reports that both and were linking to movie streaming sites, thus making them both a target, and the rest of the confirmed sites are being linked to the sale of counterfeit items. As more sites are seized -- even though they usually end up operating under a different domain soon after the seizure -- it seems the government is realizing how rampant piracy is, how easy it is to obtain pirated material in this day and age, and are beginning to see various forms of digital piracy as a legitimate problem.

(via TorrentFreak)

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Government Forces Deactivation, 73,000 Blogs Down

Operation in Our Sites, the new government initiative to crack down on internet piracy, has been very active of late. Popular TV and movie streaming sites were recently taken down, including the beloved Ninjavideo. And shortly thereafter, news emerged that two more sites were originally slated to be taken down but it didn't work out: titans Pirate Bay and MegaUpload. Well now the grand total number of sites taken down by OiOS has increased by far more than two: The federal government just forced to shut down. And along with it went over 73,000 blogs operated on the Wordpress platform.

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The Sites That Got Away: Feds Had Also Planned to Seize Pirate Bay and MegaUpload

Over a week ago, Geekosystem reported on how nine domains, including the much adored Ninjavideo and TVShack, 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 and MegaUpload 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."

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Federal Officials Take Down Nine Domains For Offering First-Run Films

In the never-gonna-end battle against internet piracy, the government has just taken down nine domains, all of which were found to be streaming full-length rips of movies still in their first run in theaters. The claim against the domains is theft of intellectual property. The seizure of the nine sites was part of a new mission called "Operation in Our Sites." The announcement that the sites were taken down was made in a press conference to highlight the creation of the new Operation (don't touch the sites!). Even though the announcement was made by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency in L.A., seven of the sites were New York-based.

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