US claims all .com and .net websites, ready to take legal action
The delightfully named US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (or ICE, if you want to be all cool and that) is claiming that all .com and .net sites are theirs. That includes sites that don't even have their servers in America.
And while this sounds like some kind of weird net colonialism, what it means in practical terms is that should you own a site or blog that contravenes copyright law, the Americans will be coming after you.
Erik Barnett, assistant deputy director of ICE said told the Guardian that the agency is going to come after you if you're breaking their laws. The freedom of the internet, eh? It is reported that the ICE won't just be going after sites with illegal content on them. They're also going to run after any sites linking to dodgy content with legal pitchforks.
Barnett said, "By definition, almost all copyright infringement and trademark violation is transnational. There's very little purely domestic intellectual property theft."
"Without wishing to get into the particulars of any case, the general goal of law enforcement is to arrest and prosecute individuals who are committing crimes. That is our goal, our mission. The idea is to try to prosecute."
Good luck with that, America... you massive mentalists.