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Internet user arrested by Homeland Security for linking to other websites.
DemandProgress.org ^ | 4/01/2011

Posted on 04/14/2011 10:21:35 AM PDT by JerseyHighlander

Breaking: Newly Obtained Homeland Security Documents Reveal Radical Shift In Internet Policy

FIGHT BACK: Internet user arrested for linking to other websites.

UPDATE:  Lots of coverage of our efforts this week. THE HILL: Groups slam online piracy efforts; TECHDIRT: People Across Political Spectrum Come Out Against COICA Censorship Bill; CONGRESSIONAL QUARTERLY: Online piracy bipartisan domain; POLITICO: Groups blast Leahy piracy bill.

ORIGINAL: Brian McCarthy ran a website, channelsurfing.net, that linked to various sites where you could watch online streams of TV shows and sports networks. A couple months ago, the government seized his domain name and on Friday they arrested him and charged him with criminal copyright infringement -- punishable by five years in prison. 

We just obtained a copy of the complaint (below) that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made against him -- and they don't even allege that he made a copy of anything!   Just that he ran what they call a "linking website" which linked to various sites with copyrighted material. Under that sort of thinking, everyone who's sent around a link to a copyrighted YouTube video is a criminal. 

This is another shocking overreach by DHS and ICE -- a steamship-era department that's proving once again that it doesn't understand the Internet. We need to push back -- and fast -- before they try to lock up more Americans.

PETITION TO JANET NAPOLITANO, DIRECTOR OF HOMELAND SECURITY, AND JOHN MORTON, DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT:  There's nothing wrong or illegal about posting a link to a website.  This is another shocking overreach by DHS and ICE:  You need to drop the charges against Brian McCarthy right away.


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The complaint is located at the link in PDF format on Scribd.com

This is worse than the McCain-Feinstein law that was overturned many years ago, and a direct threat to the future of any website out of favor with ideological Federal DHS policies.

1 posted on 04/14/2011 10:21:39 AM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: JerseyHighlander
We don't need no stinking badges.
2 posted on 04/14/2011 10:25:23 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (When and why did Steve Dunham change his name to Barack Hussein Obama? When he converted to Islam?)
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To: JerseyHighlander

Some people have jobs posting links to other websites........will they be arrested too?


3 posted on 04/14/2011 10:25:51 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: humblegunner

Ping
Maybe a lesson for blog pimps who simply copy content from other sources on their own blogs and post it as their own.


4 posted on 04/14/2011 10:28:21 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: JerseyHighlander; humblegunner

Internet user arrested by Homeland Security for linking to other websites.

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Up Next:

Homeland Security Arrests a Blog Pimp at Free Republic.

Clear Case of Excerpting is Evident.


5 posted on 04/14/2011 10:28:36 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (A Birther: One who has questions or concerns over the birth of Barry Barack Hussein Soetero Obama)
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To: mnehring

Dude. You stole my thunder (post 5)

I’m thinking lots of other people will think of humblegunner when they read this!


6 posted on 04/14/2011 10:29:50 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (A Birther: One who has questions or concerns over the birth of Barry Barack Hussein Soetero Obama)
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To: All

I guess they must have eliminated the country of the tens of millions of illegals and now they’re going after the real criminals.


7 posted on 04/14/2011 10:30:49 AM PDT by newnhdad (The longest of journeys begins with one step.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Thank you G. Bush for creating this Monster. Thank You.


8 posted on 04/14/2011 10:31:03 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (Shut up and eat your Beans!)
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To: JerseyHighlander
"Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)"

Well, I sure am glad that DHS and ICE have their manpower priorities straight - arresting people for linking to websites. Imagine the incredible numbers of people who could die from that.

The fact that we've created a US Code that includes criminal copyright infringement statutes, just goes to show how out of control the government is.

Sure, I understand the need for copyright and other IP laws. But, these should be civil torts, not criminal prosecutions - except for perhaps in cases that there may be public safety concerns, like counterfeiting medical, aviation other items that could cause people actual physical harm. No one is physically harmed by streaming media, ever.

9 posted on 04/14/2011 10:31:03 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: Responsibility2nd
Just wait until humblegunner finds out there is a reward for anonymous tips for those who steal content. I have no idea if there really is a reward.
10 posted on 04/14/2011 10:32:06 AM PDT by mnehring
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bttt


11 posted on 04/14/2011 10:32:20 AM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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To: mnehring; Responsibility2nd


12 posted on 04/14/2011 10:32:34 AM PDT by humblegunner (Blogger Overlord)
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To: screaminsunshine

The ruling class needs their Gestapo.


13 posted on 04/14/2011 10:34:33 AM PDT by Thane_Banquo (Mitt Romney: He's from Harvard, and he's here to help.)
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To: mnehring; humblegunner

Just wait until humblegunner finds out there is a reward for anonymous tips for those who steal content. I have no idea if there really is a reward.
 
 
Just who do you think tipped Homeland Security off???

Hmm???

14 posted on 04/14/2011 10:34:40 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (A Birther: One who has questions or concerns over the birth of Barry Barack Hussein Soetero Obama)
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To: JerseyHighlander

The site you linked to looks like a commie pinko site. I could be wrong but I would no sooner link to a socialist site than I would link to stormfront.


15 posted on 04/14/2011 10:34:47 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: JerseyHighlander

I’m actually more offended that DHS is dealing with copyright infractions in the first place. The ludicrousness of charging someone with a crime for linking a website aside.


16 posted on 04/14/2011 10:35:12 AM PDT by kevkrom ("Winning The Future" = WTF = What The F*** / "Kinetic Military Action" = KMA = Kiss My A**)
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To: JerseyHighlander

Ja Wohl! I’m glad that Fatherland Security is protecting us from terrorists like this and that 6 year old in the airport.


17 posted on 04/14/2011 10:38:43 AM PDT by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: Larry Lucido

They’re commies.

http://demandprogress.org/people


18 posted on 04/14/2011 10:39:35 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Obama's 2012 Slogan: "We've got what it takes, to take what you've got"!)
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To: JerseyHighlander

Linking is a crime?
Drudge must be a SUPER CRIMINAL!..................


19 posted on 04/14/2011 10:41:08 AM PDT by Red Badger (Mitt Romney: The Harold Stassen of the 21st century........)
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To: JerseyHighlander

From skimming the document, I think their excuse may be that the videos displayed on the pages of his domain (an embedded stream) even though he didn’t actually host the content. In other words, a bit more than just a hyperlink.


20 posted on 04/14/2011 10:42:25 AM PDT by Sloth (If a tax cut constitutes "spending" then every time I don't rob a bank should count as a "desposit.")
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To: JerseyHighlander

Just a wild @ss guess... but has Homeland Security seen Twitter... Site even masks the links...


21 posted on 04/14/2011 10:43:07 AM PDT by xtinct (The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you..Be Strong Patriots!)
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To: JerseyHighlander; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; calcowgirl; Gilbo_3; ..
RE :"ORIGINAL: Brian McCarthy ran a website, channelsurfing.net, that linked to various sites where you could watch online streams of TV shows and sports networks. A couple months ago, the government seized his domain name and on Friday they arrested him and charged him with criminal copyright infringement -- punishable by five years in prison."

This one is hard to believe but then again a few years ago congress made it legal for record companies to sue grandmothers for 10s of thousands of dollars because someone used their IP address to download songs.

Next pinging you to an article about it will be illegal,

22 posted on 04/14/2011 10:47:01 AM PDT by sickoflibs ("It's not the taxes, the redistribution is the federal spending=tax delayed")
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To: Larry Lucido
"The site you linked to looks like a commie pinko site."

It is. And it is newsworthy and, frankly, heartening to see the Left turn on the Administration of their former Messiah.

Of course, they will never awaken to the fact that such tyranny is the inevitable endpoint of their fist-in-the-air collectivism.
23 posted on 04/14/2011 10:49:00 AM PDT by RightOnTheLeftCoast (Obama: running for re-election in '12 or running for Mahdi now? [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahdi])
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To: Larry Lucido
"The site you linked to looks like a commie pinko site."

It is. And it is newsworthy and, frankly, heartening to see the Left turn on the Administration of their former Messiah.

Of course, they will never awaken to the fact that such tyranny is the inevitable endpoint of their fist-in-the-air collectivism.
24 posted on 04/14/2011 10:49:04 AM PDT by RightOnTheLeftCoast (Obama: running for re-election in '12 or running for Mahdi now? [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahdi])
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To: screaminsunshine
Thank you G. Bush for creating this Monster. Thank You.

I'm with you. Between this and the other thread on here about the six year old girl getting groped, I'm ready to dismantle DHS and take my chances with the Jihadis.
25 posted on 04/14/2011 10:50:42 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: JerseyHighlander

Google provides the exact same service. I suppose they are in danger of being arrested?


26 posted on 04/14/2011 10:51:33 AM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: JerseyHighlander

I have nothing intelligent to add to this discussion except this admin is looking more and more like the Nazis everyday and I find it distressing.


27 posted on 04/14/2011 10:53:47 AM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: kevkrom

Which agency should enforce copyright laws? I agree that DHS seems like the wrong agency, but I’m having a hard time thinking of one that would “fit.”


28 posted on 04/14/2011 10:54:11 AM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: kevkrom

Which agency should enforce copyright laws? I agree that DHS seems like the wrong agency, but I’m having a hard time thinking of one that would “fit.”


29 posted on 04/14/2011 10:54:16 AM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: JerseyHighlander

I still don’t understand what copyright infringement has to do with Homeland Security.


30 posted on 04/14/2011 10:56:05 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: JerseyHighlander
If the govt. criminalizes enough acts then they can arrest/prosecute/harass anyone they want to. It's just part of the plan.
31 posted on 04/14/2011 10:57:02 AM PDT by east1234 (Cut, Kill, Dig and Drill!)
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To: yldstrk
Some people have jobs posting links to other websites........will they be arrested too?

Matt Drudge needs to find an `undisclosed location` and maybe take his efforts offshore?
32 posted on 04/14/2011 10:57:55 AM PDT by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: driftdiver
I still don’t understand what copyright infringement has to do with Homeland Security.

They aren't doing anything else...they might as well sit around and watch videos.....

33 posted on 04/14/2011 11:00:20 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: JerseyHighlander

We are in that awkward age,, too late to stop them,, but a little too early to,,,(well, you know)


34 posted on 04/14/2011 11:03:08 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: sickoflibs
pinging you to an article about it will be illegal...

oh well, Im quite certain i break at least 10 'laws' a day anyways...these dillholes evidently dont realize that after he first 'felony', the rest are FReebies...

35 posted on 04/14/2011 11:05:24 AM PDT by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: JerseyHighlander
So, I post links on Facebook and Facebook provides a mechanism for me to do so. Many websites have multiple icons that allow you to "share" their webpages with various social networking sites.

Is social networking going to have to change?

36 posted on 04/14/2011 11:07:53 AM PDT by prairiebreeze ("We need to be in it to win it, and if there's doubt we need to get out". -- Palin on Libya.)
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To: BigEdLB
take his efforts offshore?

Could these exercises be the ground work for what's to come?

Close to the election, all those political sites linking to content - Zero's lies, VP Plugs sleeping, union thugs being thugs, etc.

Could this enforcement be used to silence those that oppose the Zero and his masters?

37 posted on 04/14/2011 11:07:53 AM PDT by NativeSon
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To: Buckeye McFrog

No doubt. Me too.The RatRino collaboration is killing us.


38 posted on 04/14/2011 11:08:51 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (Shut up and eat your Beans!)
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To: JerseyHighlander

It is not Homeland Security it is Hollywood Security. They are protecting Obama’s Hollywood supporters not the USA.


39 posted on 04/14/2011 11:10:21 AM PDT by free_life (If you ask Jesus to forgive you and to save you, He will.)
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To: JerseyHighlander

Ahother thought, Chris Dodd is now president of some actors union and just the other day was on TV denouncing “piracy”.

At the time, it seemed like he was talking more about DVD copying, unauthorized downloading etc. But, as soon as I read this thread I thought of him and that interview.


40 posted on 04/14/2011 11:10:21 AM PDT by prairiebreeze ("We need to be in it to win it, and if there's doubt we need to get out". -- Palin on Libya.)
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To: JerseyHighlander

Just out of curiosity, could you also find those end destinations with a Google search or with some other search engine? Seems like that would be essentially the same thing but in this guy’s case a static display of the same results. This should be laughed out of court. Why isn’t DHS going after the folks who are actually providing the pirated content?


41 posted on 04/14/2011 11:12:46 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (President Obama's approval ratings are so low now, Kenyans are accusing him of being born in the US)
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To: JerseyHighlander

WTF?! I remember this guy’s website.

He didn’t do anything more than link to other websites.

He didn’t host the content so how is that infringment.

He pointed directly to sites that own the content and other sites that “may” have infringed but to my knowledge he didn’t do it.

Ridiculous!


42 posted on 04/14/2011 11:16:13 AM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: prairiebreeze

The difference is you are posting govt approved links.


43 posted on 04/14/2011 11:24:18 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: JerseyHighlander

One has to chuckle that the outraged website is DemandProgress.

Well, they just got a load of “progress” and they don’t like it.

Obama, and those around him are totalitarians.


44 posted on 04/14/2011 11:32:10 AM PDT by Beckwith (A "natural born citizen" -- two American citizen parents and born in the USA.)
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To: sickoflibs

Is it me, or does this sound frighteningly prophetic. I mean isn’t that what we do here mostly is link to content on other websites?
Is this the precursor for shutting down FR and other sites like it right before the ‘12 elections.
Obozo, about to declare himself King?


45 posted on 04/14/2011 11:32:59 AM PDT by rikkir (I had to show my BC to play Little League, he should have to show his to be President!)
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To: JerseyHighlander
The complaint is located at the link in PDF format on Scribd.com

Better watch out. That complaint may be copyrighted....

46 posted on 04/14/2011 11:34:25 AM PDT by neodad (Don't Tap, Just Drill!)
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To: JerseyHighlander

What in the hell does this have to do with Homeland Security!?!?!?

Is Fat Dyke Janet now Obama’s private army.


47 posted on 04/14/2011 11:37:15 AM PDT by MindBender26 (While the MSM slept.... we have become relevant media in America.)
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To: screaminsunshine
President Bush tried very hard to keep this monster from being created, but the Left and the Media hammered him day and night, the Congress kept screaming that something must be done, and he finally agreed.

This is a case of people wanting something under one administration, and not realizing what a different administration could do with the powers.

48 posted on 04/14/2011 11:41:43 AM PDT by wbarmy (I chose to be a sheepdog once I saw what happens to the sheep.)
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To: Conscience of a Conservative
Which agency should enforce copyright laws?

In years past, the copyright owner enforced his copyright. I guess that concept is too outdated for the new times that we live in.

49 posted on 04/14/2011 11:42:53 AM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: east1234


“Did you really think we want those laws observed?” said Dr. Ferris. “We want them to be broken. You’d better get it straight that it’s not a bunch of boy scouts you’re up against... We’re after power and we mean it... There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted — and you create a nation of law-breakers — and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system Mr. Reardon, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.”

— Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

50 posted on 04/14/2011 11:45:28 AM PDT by glock rocks (Wait, what?)
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