[At-Large] U.S. seizure of .ORG domain name

Carlton Samuels carlton.samuels at gmail.com
Wed Feb 2 18:35:57 UTC 2011

I would support this.

Btw, the USG has used similar tactics to take down domains that are used for
online gaming centred on Antigua in the Caribbean .  Online gaming is legal
in Antigua but it matters not to US interests.

Antigua has sought relief at the WTO on areas of WTO jurisdiction and she
has repeatedly prevailed.  Still has not mattered to our Uncle Sam.


Carlton A Samuels
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On Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 8:58 AM, Adam Peake <ajp at glocom.ac.jp> wrote:

> I propose the At Large/ALAC  protest the U.S. government's seizure of
> domain name Rojadirecta.org.
> Rojadirecta is a popular sports streaming and P2P download site.
> Rojadirecta is a legitimate Spanish business. Two Spanish courts have
> ruled the site operates legally.
> It seems the U.S. Government Homeland Security's Immigration and
> Customs Enforcement (ICE) division  used the TLD as the means of
> seizure in an attempt to take down the site.  If the action was
> against the registrar then a registrant would at least have a choice
> of jurisdiction.  But this action on ORG, and the actions on .COM
> names last November essentially means the U.S. government considers
> COM, NET and ORG to be nothing more than ccTLDs subject to U.S. whim
> (this isn't a legal action, there has been no court case, no due
> process.)
> Rojadirecta is now available under other TLDs
> <http://www.rojadirecta.me> <http://www.rojadirecta.es>
> <http://www.rojadirecta.in> as well its original IP address
> <>.
> Expect there will be a lot written about this, this article's ok as a
> starting point:
> <
> http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110201/10252412910/homeland-security-seizes-spanish-domain-name-that-had-already-been-declared-legal.shtml
> >
> I hope At Large will issue a statement protesting the use of the TLD
> registry as a means of takedown. That it recommends when the NET, ORG
> and COM contracts are renegotiated they should move to a jurisdiction
> where such unilateral action by a government is not possible.  That
> the new applicant guidebook require applicants to only locate in
> jurisdictions where such unilateral action by a government is not
> possible.
> Legitimate businesses should not be subject to the whim of a U.S. agency.
> Adam
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