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Note that what has been seized are addresses. Good reason not to register pages in the USA (ET might consider getting an .eu and pointing it to the same servers, just for the heck of it).

Now for the beginners: the addresses are not the sites, the name addresses are only a system to get easier names. It is similar to the US seizing the description "the pizza hut at 3rd street" while leaving the restaurant and not interfering with actual customers going to the place, only with people asking directions to "the pizza hut at 3rd street". This can be done because they have registered within the US.

Naturally, countermeasures are on the way:

SeizedServer.com

The domain seizures by the United States authorities in recent days and upcoming legislation that could make similar takeovers even easier in the future, have inspired a group of enthusiasts to come up with a new, decentralized and BitTorrent-powered DNS system. This system will exchange DNS information through peer-to-peer transfers and will work with a new .p2p domain extension.

But yeah, the fact that cat-and-mouse games can and will be played should not detract from the fact that the US has proudly instituted an attempt at censorship.

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by A swedish kind of death on Sat Dec 4th, 2010 at 03:57:48 PM EST

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