Takedown Requests of MafiaaFire Add-on from DHS

The company acknowledged a write down demand from the Department of Homeland Security for a “MafiaaFire” Firefox add-on that the developer is not complying with so far, according to the report of the lawyer for Mozilla.

The DHS had lately got in touch with the company to take away the MafiaaFire add-on, which mechanically redirects Firefox users to a new area, if and when authorities seize the original locations, as they have completed before, Harvey Anderson said, who works at Mozilla as its vice president of legal affairs and its general counsel.

The add-on refers to an ordinary perjorative next to the MPAA, and RIAA, two organizations that have guided civil, federal, and legislative action to clear out on the trafficking of copyrighted goods. Those hard works have integrated the seizure of areas. Visitors to Torrent-Finder.com and other locations last November, for instance, were got together  with a discern that the area of location name had been close down by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations department, pursuant to an attack deserve that would actually be issued by a judge in the upcoming.

The MafiaaFire add-on was a rapid and automatic method around that. “It can be a pain to remember alternative domains when the main domain is moved or illegally seized,” the add-on’s description says. “Rather than mess around in your hosts file or keep a list of alternative domains and copy/paste this add-on automatically redirects you to the correct alternate site.”

The DHS, actually, felt that the circumvention was appeal blocking.

MafiaaFire Add-onAnderson wrote, “The ICE Homeland Security Investigations unit alleged that the add-on circumvented a seizure order DHS had obtained against a number of domain names.”

He added, “Our approach is to comply with valid court orders, warrants, and legal mandates, but in this case there was no such court order.”

The company had inquired the DHS whether or not a court had discovered the MafiaaFire join illegal, or whether it had a seizure order that would need Mozilla to write down the offending add-on, Anderson said. So far, Anderson wrote, the company had expected no responds to its questions.

The maker of MafiaaFire, in the meantime, posted a report on the MafiaaFire blog.

The author wrote, “No court order no nothing, which just goes to show how little they have legally – because if they did have something to pin on MAFIAAFire they already have a sweet lady judge who is a previous RIAA employee to sign off on it.”

The author added, “They did not even try to contact us.  Hat’s off to Mozilla for sticking up to them, at first we were afraid if Mozilla would even host it due to it’s controversial nature but they truly backed up their open source supporting words with actions.”

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