Homeland Security demands Mozilla Remove MAFIAAfire

Homeland Security has demanded that non-profit internet browser company Mozilla Firefox remove the browser add-on “MAFIAAfire”. MAFIAAfire regates ICE’s domain seizures by automatically rerouting users to alternate domains. The Department of Homeland Security demanded that Mozilla take the extension off its listing of Firefox extensions claiming that the add-in “circumvented” DHS’s seizure orders.

Mozilla isn’t just giving up and letting the DHS do whatever they want like the rest of the pansy websites out there. Instead, Mozilla sent demands of their own in a publicly available letter to the Department of Homeland Security demanding answers to their questions.

Here is Mozilla’s letter to the DHS in it’s entirety:

To help us evaluate the Department of Homeland Security’s request to take-down/remove the MAFIAAfire.com add-on from Mozilla’s websites, can you please provide the following additional information:

1. Have any courts determined that MAFIAAfire.com is unlawful or illegal in any way? If so, on what basis? (Please provide any relevant rulings)

2. Have any courts determined that the seized domains related to MAFIAAfire.com are unlawful, illegal or liable for infringement in any way? (please provide relevant rulings)

3. Is Mozilla legally obligated to disable the add-on or is this request based on other reasons? If other reasons, can you please specify.

4. Has DHS, or any copyright owners involved in this matter, taken any legal action against MAFIAAfire.com or the seized domains, including DMCA requests?

5. What protections are in place for MAFIAAfire.com or the seized domain owners if eventually a court decides they were not unlawful?

6. Can you please provide copies of any briefs that accompanied the affidavit considered by the court that issued the relevant seizure orders?

7. Can you please provide a copy of the relevant seizure order upon which your request to Mozilla to take down MAFIAAfire.com is based?

8. Please identify exactly what the infringements by the owners of the domains consisted of, with reference to the substantive standards of Section 106 and to any case law establishing that the actions of the seized domain owners constituted civil or criminal copyright infringement.

9. Did any copyright owners furnish affidavits in connection with the domain seizures? Had any copyright owners served DMCA takedown notices on the seized domains or MAFIAAfire.com? (if so please provide us with a copy)

10. Has the Government furnished the domain owners with formal notice of the seizures, triggering the time period for a response by the owners? If so, when, and have there been any responses yet by owners?

11. Has the Government communicated its concerns directly with MAFIAAfire.com? If so, what response, if any, did MAFIAAfire.com make?


My ranting and raving: It’s about time someone stood up to the now gigantic machination that is the Department of Homeland Security.  It seems that in the digital age no one is even given fair trial to determine if a decision has been incorrectly made.  Taking down a website can spell financial disaster for a business, especially if it’s a small-time start-up.  If the economy is in a downward spiral, going around taking down websites isn’t the answer.  Don’t jail website owners and stay at home Moms for downloading music- create iTunes, don’t toss hard working individuals in jail for downloading and sharing movies- create Netflix.  The government needs to stop fighting the natural evolution of the internet and start letting companies work out new business strategies on their own.  If a company can provide a better product for a reasonable price than a bunch of pirates trading in a forsaken land where viruses and Trojan horses run rampant, don’t you think the majority of people will buy in?  This ignorance is why the Piratebay has been so financially successful while tax payers pay DHS to run around trying to shut down websites as fast as new pirate sites open up shop.

Download MAFIAAfire now before it’s gone:

MAFIAAfire Firefox add-on

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