Not only the visitors but also the owner of popular torrent search site torrent-finder.com were shocked to find that the domain had been seized by ICE ( Immigration and Customs Enforcement Division ) , US government in response to a district court order and its home page had been replaced with this banner.
It is interesting because the website did not host any torrents , did not run any torrent trackers . It was more like a search engine for torrents. It used iframe to display the website hosted elsewhere in response to searches performed by its users. To define this as copyright infringement is a real strict definition of the term. Because based on this analogy , Google will soon find itself amongst the list of domains that would be seized. Because it also displays torrent search results.
Torrent-finder.com owner told TorrentFreak that his domain was seized without any court order conveyed to him and neither he had received any previous complaints. The Torrent-finder.com is still operational through its other URL Torrent-Finder.info and it can be checked to have an idea of its operations.
It may be noted that Torrent-Finder is not the only domain that has been confiscated in this recent surge . Several other domains like lifetimereplicas.com , dvdprostore.com , Cartoon77.com , throwbackguy.com and handbagcom.com have also been seized. A complete list of 70 domains seized in this operation can be found here .
It is result of a recent passage of internet censorship bill COICA by a senate committee?