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Just over a year ago the Justice Department and the Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement wing raided a number of hip-hop blogs (and a BitTorrent hosting site) that were allegedly sharing copyrighted works illegally, seizing the sites and posting banners notifying visitors of the sites' alleged illegal activities.
Even at the time the legal reasoning behind the ICE raid seemed a little shaky. Today Techdirt posted a lengthy explanation of exactly how legally flawed the whole operation really was. Considering that our government has increasingly taken it upon itself to act as Big Content's personal security force, it's necessary reading for anyone with even a passing interest in copyright, the First Amendment, censorship, and the role of our government in corporations' affairs.