By David Makarewicz
Last week, Bryan McCarthy, the 32 year old operator of ChannelSurfing.net, was arrested on charges of criminal copyright infringement. ChannelSurfing.net was one of the streaming sports sites that had its domain seized by federal authorities shortly before the Super Bowl as part of the “In Our Sites” program, run by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Prior to the seizure, McCarthy reportedly made more than $90,000 from advertisements on his site.
This arrest has once again raised questions about the In Our Sites program, in which the Government has seized thousands of domains accused, but not convicted, of copyright infringement, illegal streaming of sporting events, selling black market goods and distributing child pornography. Critics ranging from bloggers to individual rights advocates to Senators have questioned the constitutionality of these seizures.
Posted in 4th Estate, Censorship, Constitution
Tagged 1st amendment, 4th amendment, 4th Estate, 5th amendment, Censorship, civil vs criminal law, copyright infringement, dhs, Due Process, freedom of the press, ice, Rule of Law, site seizures, tyranny
By Paul J. Balles
Redress Information & Analysis
Freedom of the press in the West means freedom for those who control the press to lie.
MINSK, July 22, 2009 (GayBelarus) – Customs officials in Belarus have seized 25 copies of the magazine Pride, which is published by the international Pride group InterPride whose membership includes Project GayBelarus.
Siarhei Androsenka, the head of Project GayBelarus, was informed by customs officials in Minsk of the seizure at the end of last week. On Monday, he visited the customs office and learned that the copies of the magazine had been seized as GayBelarus had no legal status Continue reading
Posted in Censorship, LGBTI
Tagged 25 copies of Pride magazine seized by Belarus Customs, Belarus, Censorship, coto, dictatorship, discrimination, free speech, freedom of the press, human rights, info suppression, LGBTI, queer rights, sexual freedom