The Wall Street Journal reported this morning that the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seized 82 website domain names in a crackdown on the sale of counterfeit and pirated products.. In an earlier article, the WSJ identified some of the sites as Torrent-Finder, TorrentFreak, and RapGodFathers as allegedly committing digital piracy and mygolfwholesale.com, silkscarf-shop.com, sunglasses-mall.com and usaoutlets.net for counterfeiting. A proposed law currently being recommended by the Senate Judiciary Committee, COICA—the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, would give the DOJ even further powers to move against sites involved in copyright infringement, even if they weren’t domestic.
Probably in response to these developments, a group led by Pirate Bay proponents has proposed a new P2P DNS, according to a new blog post: “we want the internet to be uncensored! Having a centralised system that controls our information flow is not acceptable” and tweet, “Alternative dns root is step 1. Step 2 is the new DNS system that is in the making. It’s not advanced, it’s p2p and more secure”.
Sounds preposterous, but it will be interesting to see further comments.