May 6, 2011

Mozilla Resists US Gov't Request to Nuke "MafiaaFire" Add-On

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has asked Mozilla to remove the MafiaaFire Redirector Firefox add-on, ars technica reports. The article is based on a blog posting from Mozilla lawyer Harvey Anderson, where he says that Mozilla has not complied and instead asked the DHS for a legal justification. The add-on is a simple redirector for domains that were seized by the DHS for alleged copyright violations. "As for the developer of the MafiaaFire Redirector, he says that a Chrome version is coming soon and that his work shouldn't be repressed. 'Now, because my idea, which took less than a week to create—and the Chrome version 2 days—makes them walk around with egg on their face after the millions spent (it cost me less than $100), they went running to Mozilla seeking another favor,' he tells Ars. 'They did not even try to contact us. Hats off to Mozilla for sticking up to them, at first we were afraid if Mozilla would even host it due to its controversial nature but they truly backed up their open source supporting words with actions.'"

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