Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/04/10/put_a_z_in_isonews/

Put a Z in ISONews

DoJ seizure is 'illegal and abusive'

By Ashlee Vance

Posted in Media, 10th April 2003 08:55 GMT

The people behind ISONEWs are mulling legal action to fight the "illegal and abusive" seizure of the domain by the US Department of Justice.

The DoJ seized the URL, but not - it turns out- the site, in February, with the intention of turning it from what was a bible for the discerning software copier into a repository of anti-piracy propaganda.

ISONews quickly returned to the Internet with the slightest of modification to its URL at IzoNews.com.

The new domain has a pop-up that explains the shift and surrounding legal battle, which is printed in full below:

Dear Isonews user,

As you know, the ISONEWS.COM domain was recently seized by the US Government in accordance with a court case against former owner David Rocci. A few months prior to the seizure, the domain was sold to a third party located outside of the USA, and has since been under the control of new ownewship, which makes the seizure of the domain illegal and abusive.

At the present time, we are in contact with our lawyers to see what our legal options may be. We are fully aware of the fact that taking legal action will be very expensive and time consuming.

For the moment we have decided to temporarily move the website to a new domain, so that all users can remain in contact and we may continue building a strong website for future users to distribute information freely. IZONEWS.COM will be the new location of the website, where you will find the same forums and information as before.

Please help us win this battle against Goliath and spread the word on our domain name!

Thanks for sticking with us, and Long live the freedom of information!

Sincerely,

The IZONEWS Team
www.izonews.com

A note on the original ISONews domain makes it quite clear that the address belongs to the U.S. government. The Feds seized the domain, when David Rocci, 22, pleaded guilty to "conspiring to import, market and sell circumvention devices known as modification (or "mod") chips in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act".

Rocci was sentenced to five months in prison, five months of home detention, three years of probation and a $28,500 fine. ®