So, not only is the US now claiming that it has jurisdiction over your servers, no matter where in the world they and you are based, as long as you use a .com or .net domain but, and here’s the kicker, the US’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) has over 7000 criminal investigators working on “anti-piracy”.
7,000 criminal investigators! Seriously, am I on the only one who thinks that both situations here are beyond ridiculous?
It’s amazing what an industry that refuses to evolve can achieve with a focused lobbying group!
From The Guardian:
British website owners could face extradition to the US on piracy charges even if their operation has no connection to America and does something which is most probably legal in the UK, the official leading US web anti-piracy efforts has told the Guardian.
The US’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) is targeting overseas websites it believes are breaking US copyrights whether or not their servers are based in America or there is another direct US link, said Erik Barnett, the agency’s assistant deputy director.
As long as a website’s address ends in .com or .net, if it is implicated in the spread of pirated US-made films, TV or other media it is a legitimate target to be closed down or targeted for prosecution, Barnett said. While these web addresses are traditionally seen as global, all their connections are routed through Verisign, an internet infrastructure company based in Virginia, which the agency believes is sufficient to seek a US prosecution.