The US Government has been busy this week seizing sites that apparently are suspected of either hosting illegal torrents, violating copyright or selling counterfeit goods. Interestingly, at least three are golf sites:
I’ve never heard of these sites, but the presumed offense is selling counterfeit goods.
I totally agree that the sellers of counterfeit goods need to be shut down, just as I surely would like to see the dozens of sites copying my own content shut down. But it disturbs me that these sites were taken down without a hearing. One of the site owners—who claims he has done nothing illegal—says that he received no notification of the action. It seems to me that the Fourth Amendment to the Bill of Rights—prohibiting illegal search and seizure—requires at least a hearing before such action could be taken.
They told me that if I voted for John McCain,civil liberties would be in danger. And they were right!