What if China seized the domain names of U.S. Web sites promoting religions that China bans? Or what if (horrors of horrors!) Nebraska seized and shut down the domain name law.com because its cutting-edge legal content, that state believed, encourages frivolous litigation in violation of state law?...

"I think in this case, ultimately, even if the state here won in the sense that the forfeiture order was proper, it isn't the end of the story," said Matthew Zimmerman, senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. "Another important part of this story is the role of third-party intermediaries that make Internet discourse possible."

Monday, February 2, 2009
National Law Journal