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Submission + - US Court Refuses to Return Seized Domain Names (eff.org)

Chaonici writes: A US federal judge has ruled against the Spanish company Puerto 80, refusing to reinstate two seized domain names on the grounds that the seizures do not constitute "substantial hardship" for the company. Puerto 80 is the owner of Rojadirecta, a Spanish website that links to other websites that stream sports content. While Rojadirecta was determined to be legal in Spain, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a division of the US Department of Justice, seized the domains rojadirecta.com and rojadirecta.org in February. Puerto 80 sued the government for reinstatement of the domain names, but the judge ruled that because Puerto 80 could advertise new domain names for the website (such as rojadirecta.es), the domain seizures are not "substantial hardship." The judge also dismissed First Amendment complaints against the seizures (specifically with regards to discussion forums) on the grounds that visitors can just go to other websites for the same discussions.

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