Mozilla won't ice Firefox plug-in for DHS

Mozilla informed the Homeland Security Department May 5 that the company won't remove a plug-in for its Firefox Web browser that lets users circumvent domains seized by DHS just because the department says so, according to PCWorld's Robert McMillan.

The MAFIAA Fire plug-in will automatically route users to a functional website when they stumble upon a site that DHS' Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has seized, usually because of copyright concerns, McMillan wrote. According to MAFIAA Fire's website, the plug-in is a product of developers who prefer to remain anonymous to avoid intimidation from the Recording Industry Association of America and Motion Association of America. If you see this message on a Web page, the MAFIAA Fire plug-in would help you find what you're looking for — whether DHS likes it or not.

ICE has been on the hunt for websites that violate U.S. copyright law, such as sites that are basically search engines for finding pirated content, according to an article by PCWorld's Ian Paul.

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Reader Comments

Mon, May 9, 2011 Cassandra

Dangerous Mission Creep here. DHS has nearly unanimous support for its primary mission of protecting the country from terrorists of all stripes. If it grabs the tar baby of copyright protection and takes on the tarnished mantle of RIAA/MPAA corporations and using taxpayer dollars to protect their profits and often obsolete business models then they may lose support of, statistically, a few people. As a result some terrorist could end up being successful. DHS should stick to its' knitting. The RIAA/MPAA corporations have tons of resources for fighting copyright violations and seem to be doing an increasingly successful job of doing so.

Mon, May 9, 2011 Chip Hollywood, Florida

Bravo Mozilla! Just because DHS asked you to is not reason enough to do something. I don't support the cause and reason forthe specific plug-in, but that doesn't mean 'they' can come in a say we don't like it take it down. That is a big step over the proverbial edge and down the slippery slope towards a Nanny or Police State (or both).

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