US Authorities Seized Domains to Protect Super Bowl ProfitsAdded: Saturday, February 5th, 2011
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US Attorney for the Southern District of NY announced that the recent seizures were carried out to address the financial body blow to both the leagues and broadcasters, who are forced to pass all of their losses off to their fans by increasing the prices for tickets.
Within the last week the American Immigrations and Customs Enforcement division (ICE) has again seized a few domains as part of its “Operation In our Sites” campaign. The operation started with Spanish Rojadirecta.org, even though the service has already been ruled legal in Spain, and went on with other domain names, including UK’s Atdhe.net. The results of the operation were a dozen more sites going offline, although some of them were back online the same day but at different locations.
However, as compared to previous seizures, this week’s event had quite a specific target -websites engaged in illegally streaming copyrighted sporting events. With the Super Bowl just days away, the campaign targeting such infringing services seemed to reaffirm the ICE’s commitment to protect copyrighted content of this kind. However, it also seems like they won’t be able to put the infringers out of business, since a number of seized sites are already back online. Meanwhile, one of them even has reasonable grounds to sue the authorities for seizing a domain having no ties with the United States, as it complies with relevant legislation in the country where the site is hosted and the its owner resides. As for their claim of a “financial body blow” to the leagues, it seems like they never knew that the NFL pulls in record profits, yet sport fans constantly face increasing ticket prices at the gate.
ICE was intended to send a “clear message” to website owners that wrongly believe they can take copyrighted programming and illegally sell it. However, most of the services which domain names have been seized simply allowed their visitors to watch content that rights owners refused to make legitimately available.
Although the domain names seizures were timed to coincide with today’s cash cow – Super Bowl, the ICE definitely used this excuse as a backdrop to score political points. Meanwhile, they never revealed whether their campaign saved even a single American job. The only advice the US authorities may receive from the industry observers is to ask rights owners to give their consumers what they want first and then demand compliance.
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Saturday, February 5th, 2011
|posted by (2011-02-08 10:09:25)|
|Within a few hours at least a half dozen of these sites were back up having changed the .net/.com to .me or .eu.and the new links were being posted at all the major sports sites.This was a joint effort by ICE and The Department of Homeland Security.Another fine example of our tax dollars hard at work here in America.||
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