California Democrat Looking to Curb Government Domain Seizures

The feds have been ramping up seizures of domains accused of copyright infringement


Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., turned to the online community on Reddit last month for help with legislation she is drafting to try to slow down the government's seizure of website domains accused of copyright infringement.

Many of the social news site's notoriously outspoken users were grateful for the opportunity to weigh in again on the issue of domain name seizures. Earlier this year, Reddit helped rally opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act, legislation aimed at strengthening the Justice Department's ability to shut down foreign websites that violate U.S. copyright laws. The resulting protests on sites including Wikipedia and Google made "SOPA" a household term.