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Oops: After Seizing & Censoring Rojadirecta For 18 Months, Feds Give Up & Drop Case

Publication Date: 
August 29, 2012
Mike Masnick

Professor Mark Lemley spoke with TechDirt's Mike Masnick about the federal government's decision to drop the Rojadirecta case and what the move means for copyright law.

Looks like we've got something of a repeat of the Dajaz1 insanity, in which the US government seized and censored a website for over a year before giving up and handing the domain back -- though this time it's with Rojadirecta. You may recall the Rojadirecta case, where two domains have been held by the US government on a highly questionable legal theory for over a year and a half -- well, the government just dropped the case, and it appears that the domains will be returned.

The case began when ICE seized two Rojadirecta domains from the Spanish company Puerto 80. As we noted at the time, Puerto 80 had been found legal (twice) in Spain, so it was hard to fathom that there could be "willful" infringement here.


Mark Lemley, who was on the legal team defending Puerto 80, told me:

We're obviously thrilled that after 18 months it looks like we will get the domain names back. I think this is a sign that you can stand up for what's right in copyright law and win.