Ah...I see. Good one.
I appreciated the hotel analogy also. Thank you for those.
I think I was looking at the perspective of the end user of this particular service. You don’t have a right to free form building service. Different story if you are the business owner...certainly seems like total overkill.
Worth noting in this case the .com domain was seized but the service/business continued under the .net version of the jotform domain...forcing webmasters/site owners to make some edits...hence my comment about it being an “inconvenience.”
Some of this seems like overkill - like there should be some less technologically offensive way of collecting their evidence, and getting the bad guys without violating the rights of the service owners - who sounded like they were completely cooperative, but didn’t appreciate the shut down treatment.
I can see the challenge - if the domain is active, the “evidence” is live and changing. The domain is probably connecting to servers in different locations. Sounds like a halt and capture technique - take the hardware and go.
For the record, I’ve been building websites professionally since about 1997. I’m the last guy who wants any of this.
In case anyone is wondering - JotForm website allowed you to build forms - like the one you use to post at FR, for example, to include in websites. The service is free - up to a certain usage threshold. If you want more service you have to pay a monthly fee.
While I can build my own forms - I have bookmarked their page. Never heard of it.
Yes, the actual criminals here (assuming law enforcement have an actual case to make) simply had to change from .com to .net and continue fleecing people.