by Dude-Suit on May.05, 2011, under News
Many may have heard about I.C.E. (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and their love of seizing domains without warrants. Recently they have contacted Mozilla with a request that they remove the MafiaaFire add-on from the Firefox addon site. The government is claiming that the add-on has violated the seizure orders it has obtained over the last year against a few hundred domain names accused of copyright and trademark infringement.
Because the government has seized only the domain names and not the actual servers, it’s very simple for the server owners to register a new domain name with a non-US registrar and be back online. The MafiaaFire add-on for Firefox redirects users who type in the old site names to the new site names, making the government’s seizure process ineffective.