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Agorism
05-08-2011, 10:39 PM
Mozilla Resists Homeland Security Over Firefox Anti-Piracy Tool

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/07/mozilla-homeland-security-firefox-anti-piracy_n_858966.html


WASHINGTON -- Mozilla, the non-profit developer of the Firefox Web browser, is holding off on complying with a government request to remove a software tool meant to circumvent federal efforts at curbing Internet piracy.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement, part of the Department of Homeland Security, has been seizing the Internet addresses of sites accused of piracy, so that visitors can't reach them by typing in those domain names. The sites, however, still exist under other addresses.

The MafiaaFire tool for Firefox, developed by an outside party but available through Mozilla, seeks to automatically match seized names with the alternate addresses, similar to a mail-forwarding service, so that visitors can reach the sites.

Mozilla General Counsel Harvey Anderson said the DHS asked Mozilla to remove MafiaaFire from a site where Firefox users can add functions to the browser.

Anderson said the group is awaiting more information from the government before taking action. It wants to know whether the tool is illegal, and whether it is legally obligated to take it down.

Anderson said Mozilla complies with legal mandates, but hasn't received any court order, and the DHS hasn't responded to Mozilla's questions. The order raises questions about when companies should agree to government censorship requests, Anderson said in a blog post Thursday.

Anderson said that the government is alleging that the MafiaaFire tool circumvents a court order to disable sites that distribute copyright-protected content, including live sporting and pay-per-view events.

In a statement, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it "does not comment publicly on our interaction with Internet intermediaries on intellectual property theft enforcement issues."

goRPaul
05-08-2011, 10:53 PM
Anderson said the group is awaiting more information from the government before taking action. It wants to know whether the tool is illegal, and whether it is legally obligated to take it down.

The right questions to ask.

Captain America
05-08-2011, 10:59 PM
they are getting really bad....

sailingaway
05-08-2011, 11:19 PM
Go Firefox.

a website is private property. Where is the court case and order allowing those sites to be seized?

AGRP
05-08-2011, 11:33 PM
If all else fails, they could use what they always use when they can't legally get their way: Armed Nazis. Look for Mozilla to eventually be taken down by armed thugs.

guitarlifter
05-08-2011, 11:48 PM
Who else is now downloading the Mafiaafire tool?

surf
05-09-2011, 12:02 AM
In a statement, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it "does not comment publicly on our interaction with Internet intermediaries on intellectual property theft enforcement issues."
??

loveshiscountry
05-09-2011, 12:42 AM
Who else is now downloading the Mafiaafire tool?
done

Indy Vidual
05-09-2011, 12:45 AM
If all else fails, they could use what they always use when they can't legally get their way: Armed Nazis. Look for Mozilla to eventually be taken down by armed thugs.

Not likely, IMO.
http://blog.mozilla.com/jay/files/2010/02/mozilla.gif

Jandrsn21
05-09-2011, 12:58 AM
I believe the saying is, "If the camel once gets his nose in the tent, his body will soon follow."

Indy Vidual
05-09-2011, 01:01 AM
I believe the saying is, "If the camel once gets his nose in the tent, his body will soon follow."

http://aleksan.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/camels-nose.jpg?w=470

iGGz
05-09-2011, 01:01 AM
Who else is now downloading the Mafiaafire tool?

lol I did, but I have no idea what sites it is even for....?

BenIsForRon
05-09-2011, 01:25 AM
Good move Mozilla.

Anybody else loving Firefox 4? I love the minimalist UI. Still does everything it used to with less buttons and screen space. And it's much faster now.

Indy Vidual
05-09-2011, 01:48 AM
Good move Mozilla.

Anybody else loving Firefox 4? I love the minimalist UI. Still does everything it used to with less buttons and screen space. And it's much faster now.

I will soon, there is one plugin I use which won't work yet. Glad to hear the good news. :)

WilliamC
05-09-2011, 07:18 AM
Good find.

Working Poor
05-09-2011, 07:28 AM
Mozilla Power!

swiftfoxmark2
05-09-2011, 08:13 AM
Here's a question: why is Immigration and Customs Enforcement handling Internet piracy? I thought that was the domain of the FCC? Is it lawful for a government agency to overstep it's authority and enforce laws it wasn't designated to enforce via legislature?

WyoLiberty
05-09-2011, 09:07 AM
Here's a question: why is Immigration and Customs Enforcement handling Internet piracy? I thought that was the domain of the FCC? Is it lawful for a government agency to overstep it's authority and enforce laws it wasn't designated to enforce via legislature?

Is it lawful for anything the government does anymore? Laws are for sheep...not for wolves...