The owner of two popular Spanish sports domains which were seized by the US government has taken legal action to get them back.
The Rojadirecta.com and Rojadirecta.org domains were seized by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and US Department of Homeland Security in its drive to seize domains that infringe on copyrights.
According to an article on Torrent Freak, Puerto 80, the owner of the domains in question, has filed a complaint with the Southern District of New York and has hired the law firm Durie Tangri.
The complaint claimed that Rojadirecta was a discussion forum for sports fan which happened to have an index of streaming websites that allowed members to watch sports online. Puerto 80 said that the website is not responsible for the content uploaded by the users.
“Contrary to the grounds on which the domain names were seized, the Rojadirecta site is not violating copyright law, let alone criminal copyright law,” the court filing read.
The company also claimed that the seizure of its domain resulted in a loss of 30 percent of its web traffic. The legal complaint also pointed out that the domains were seized by the US government without prior notification and without giving the owners a chance to defend themselves in court.