The United States is Trying to Shut Down Costa Rica’s Internet

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.”