The United States is Trying to Shut Down Costa Rica’s Internet
The U.S. is telling Costa Rica to “Get rid of The Pirate Bay or we’ll shut down your country’s domain registry.”
With the growing disdain countries have towards pirating websites, actions towards those who operate these websites and those who use these websites have been used more aggressively. Before, governments would take down a top pirating website and fans of the website would quickly launch a few clone sites giving way to Pirate Bays’ fundamental ideology, “Like a hydra, cut one head, two more grow in its place.”
Costa Rica’s .cr domain operator filed harassment claims with DNS overseer ICANN. They claim that the United States Embassy representative has threatened to completely shut down the country’s domain registry.
“The representative of the United States Embassy, Mr. Kevin Ludeke, Economic Specialist, who claims to represent the interests of the US Department of Commerce, has mentioned threats to close our registry, with repeated harassment regarding our practices and operation policies and even personal negative comments directed to our Executive Director, based on no clear evidence or statistical data to support his claims as a way to pressure our organization to take down the domain name without following our current policies.”