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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