According to a piece on Out-Law.Com, Nominet, the UK domain administrator, is allowing domain registrars for dot.uk domains to shut down web sites if there are credible allegations of criminal activity on those sites.
This is not supposed to happen with allegations of civil wrongs, such as copyright infringement (though if infringement is an offence under the Copyright Act, does that count as criminal?).
Registrars are cautioned not to lock someone out of their domain on the allegation of a commercial or personal rival . . .
Apparently this policy has been developed in association with the police. . . . [more]