Suresh Ramasubramanian ops.lists at
Fri Jan 20 03:07:07 UTC 2012

I would agree.  They've dotted every i and crossed every t here.

This will inevitably be followed by a prosecution of some sort and/or
there's also scope for Megaupload to sue the USG for restitution.

It'll be interesting to see how this pans out - especially wrt any
safe harbor provisions in the DMCA for providers (which do have a
provision for due diligence being exercised etc).

Probable cause for seizure should have been easy to establish - no
shortage of warez, cp etc on these free upload sites.

On Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 7:39 AM, Steven Bellovin <smb at> wrote:
> What differentiates this from many of the earlier domain name seizures is that
> this is based on a grand jury indictment, not just an administrative decision
> by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  It may be heavy-handed or questionable,
> per the Ars Technica analysis, but as a matter of process it's about as good
> as you'll get.

Suresh Ramasubramanian (ops.lists at

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