[News] U.S. Government Shuts Down Music Sites in Piracy Crackdown

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Immigration and Customs Enforcement division (ICE) has shut down and seized the servers of several illegal music filesharing sites including onsmash.com, rapgodfathers.com, torrent-finder.com, and dajaz1.com. As of Friday November 26, visitors to any one of the seized sites–and reportedly over seventy others– would have only received the notice pictured above.

The New York Times reported earlier this week these actions are related to the a bill called the Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act, which is now being passed through Congress.

Rather than combat P2P sites like MegaUpload or Mediafire or Internet Service Providers, the Bill appears to be taking action by seizing blogs that host illegal fileshare links and provide gateways to the infringing materials. In otherwords, the bill targets entities that upload and distribute the materials, not those who host it.

Most labels scour P2P hosting sites to report and revoke the illegal sharing of their music, which is most often the root cause of broken youtube postings or filesharing links. In the past, no sites have been shut down as a result of these infringements as these cases are most often handled by label lawyers rather than the DHS.

Reputable blogs never post material that is not leaked directly by the artist or label.

via NYT.