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08|29|2012 05:19 pm EDT

US Government Returns Seized RojaDirecta Domain Names

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Legal Issues

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As reported by Wired today the US Government has returned the seized domain names of Spanish forum domains after the government dropped their claim on Wednesday – 19 months after the domains were originally seized.

The seizing of the domains happened as part of the “Operation in our Sites” together with eight other sites that were accused of being connected to broadcasting pirated video streams of professional sports.

The government, which seized the domain names for simply including links to copyrighted content, dropped the Rojadirecta claim, seemingly due to a recent ruling by Judge Richard Posner. Posner, one of the nation’s most respected judges, knocked down charges that a video bookmarking site was infringing copyright law, just because its users linked to copyrighted videos.

The operator of the site, Puerto 80, said the site that has 865,000 registered users has not committed any copyright infringement. As a discussion board about sports, politics and other topics some of the users may have linked to pirated streams. The group had been trying to negotiate with the US government, but were told that they would only receive control over their domain names again if the site would prohibit its users from linking to any US content.

It looks like the domains are currently though, the site is not back online yet. Interestingly it also looks like the “last updated” date in the registry has not been changed when the domain was seized or returned.

04|18|2012 10:20 am EDT

IANA contract opened again for re-bid by the US government

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ICANN / Policy

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After the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) had canceled the first RFP for a new IANA contractor because they “received no proposals that met the requirements“, the RFP was opened again for bids two days ago. ICANN had submitted a bid, which was not accepted by  NITA. The deadline for bids to the new RFP, which doesn’t seem to deviate from the previous one by much, is May 31st, 2012.

The current contract was to expire on March 31st of this year, but was extended by six months just before ICANN’s 43rd meeting.

As reported by DomainIncite, ICANN is to report on a debriefing as to why their previous bid was not accepted:

Over a month ago, at an ICANN press conference in Costa Rica, CEO Rod Beckstrom said: “We were invited to have a debriefing with [the NTIA] to learn more about this. Following that discussion we will share any information we are allowed to share.”


04|15|2011 02:41 pm EDT

US Government Seizes Poker Domains, Charges Principals

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Legal Issues

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The US government seized the domains for Poker Stars, Absolute Poker, and Full Tilt Poker and charged the site principals with bank fraud, illegal gambling offenses and laundering billions in illegal gambling proceeds.



See the full press release after the jump