DHS Prosecutes Website Owner For Simply Linking To Other Websites

By the definition of illegal activity provided by the DHS, about 90% of the internet is now subject to criminal  prosecution.

The Huffington Post
March 9, 2011

Until a few weeks ago, Brian McCarthy ran a website, channelsurfing.net, that linked to various sites where you could watch online streams of TV shows and sports networks. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seized his domain name in late January. All you’ll find there now is a “This domain has been seized” warning, complete with a screeching eagle dive-bombing your face as he clutches a banner that reads “Protection is our trademark.” Then, in an unprecedented move, on Friday they arrested McCarthy and charged him with criminal copyright infringement — punishable by five years in prison.

Demand Progress just obtained a copy of the complaint that DHS and ICE made against him: they do not 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 infringing material.

Of course, it’s much easier to go after the little guys rather than the big fish.

You’ll never see the DHS pull a stunt like this with YouTube.

Which of course is the entire point of the exercise – the only people allowed to engage in victimless “illegal” activity are mega-corporations and the government.

Anyone else does it and it’s off to a dungeon.