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US Government Seizes Domain Names

Publication Date: 
December 09, 2011
Source: 
On The Media (NPR)
Author: 
Bob Garfield

Professor Mark Lemley spoke with NPR's Bob Garfield during his "On The Media" podcast to discuss whether ICE has the legal authority to seize the domain names of international websites and how they might be netting sites that haven't done anything wrong.

Since the summer of 2010, the US Office of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been seizing the domain names of websites around the world that it believes have engaged in copyright infringement or sold counterfeit goods. Mark Lemley, a lawyer defending one of the websites seized by the government, talks to Bob about whether ICE has the legal authority to make these seizures and how they might be netting sites that haven't done anything wrong.