As Congress debates the provisions that could make up the controversial SOPA bill, it looks as if the US courts are already shutting down websites for what could be considered unauthorized use or infringement without a just trial ever being carried out.
In the case against websites advertising allegedly counterfeit Chanel products, a District Court judge in Nevada allowed the legitimate manufacturer to seize around 600 domain names that were related to but not affiliated with the company. Additionally, restraining orders and injunctions were handed to the biggest search engine and Web companies in the world barring sites such as Google and Yahoo! from indexing or linking to the sites in question. In that instance, the federal judge allowed Chanel to seize the domains and transfer them to US-based registrar GoDaddy without any say from the defendants. And, according to the court ruling, those that even ‚Äúpromote‚ÄĚ the sale of Chanel goods, legitimate or otherwise, can be added to the injunction and seized in the future.
Yep. If you're big enough, you can get the courts to let you rob anyone you want. No trial. No indictment. No due process. Summary execution if you will.
Nice. Good to know that there's a government that protects