"Verisign seizes .com domain registered via foreign Registrar on behalf of US Authorities"

Following yesterday's shuttering of online casino, Bodog, Mark Jeftovic reports on the worrying specifics of the events:

But at the end of the day what has happened is that US law (in fact, Maryland state law) as been imposed on a .com domain operating outside the USA, which is the subtext we were very worried about when we commented on SOPA. Even though SOPA is currently in limbo, the reality that US law can now be asserted over all domains registered under .com, .net, org, .biz and maybe .info (Afilias is headquartered in Ireland by operates out of the US).

This is no longer a doom-and-gloom theory by some guy in a tin foil hat. It just happened.

The ramifications of this are no less than chilling and every single organization branded or operating under .com, .net, .org, .biz etc needs to ask themselves about their vulnerability to the whims of US federal and state lawmakers (not exactly known their cluefulness nor even-handedness, especially with regard to matters of the internet).

Back in January, many made the argument that the successful takedown of MegaUpload was evidence that the provisions of SOPA and PIPA were unnecessary as the desired outcome was already readily achievable. I doubt most realized how accurate that sentiment may prove to be.