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Federal Officials Seized 7 Sites for Infringement

Federal Officials Seized 7 Sites for Infringement

Added: Thursday, July 8th, 2010
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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New York officials accuse 6 websites, including nowmovies.com, tvshack.com, thepiratecity.org, and planetmovies.com of providing the public with links to other websites storing copyrighted content; and the other one, zml.com, of being a hosting site, actually storing the unauthorized copies of copyrighted files.


Recently federal officials announced the seizure of 7 websites. The sites are accused of being involved into the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted films and TV shows in the web. It could have seen right, but the point is that 6 of those sites just provide links to other ciberlockers hosting copyrighted content, while the 7th is a hosting service where uploaders are the ones liable for making material available.

Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, argues that the abovementioned linking sites and zml.com, hosting site, are responsible for copyright infringement. He says that this action was caused by the current situation on the digital market, where criminal copyright violation happens on a massive scale in the web, which is reported to result in millions, if not billions of dollars in losses to the county’s economy. That leads to lost jobs and real difficulties for common working people. He also warns all the other infringers that if their business model is online piracy, they could forget about a happy ending to their story.

This is quite a curious set of charges for the websites that do not in fact contain any copyrighted content, but rather link to other websites that do. Since when linking to links of copyrighted content became a criminal offense?

The 7th site does host copyrighted files, but not on its own. Content is uploader by the subscribers, not the site admins. That’s why the German courts have so far ruled them to be legal, like with a recent ruling there in a lawsuit against Rapidshare. The court decided that the part liable for making copyrighted content publicly available is that who use the service, and not create it. There wasn’t a single European decision. The US District Court of California ruled the same recently, refusing to issue a similar injunction against the hosting service.

If you take into consideration such multiple rulings, it now seems like federal officials are overreaching in both of the cases.

July 8th, 2010

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Date:  Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Comments (10) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2010-07-08 23:25:41)
menahunie avatarWell there goes freedom of speech.
You have a web sites and it some where has a name of a file on the " Hit List"; the U.S. Federal Government will seize it without due process.
How come the Federal Government did not seize Google, Bing, and the other " search Engines" domains since they also have " Links" for "copyright" Infringement?
Were not these web sites given notice? If not the " Officials" involved face a serious charge of taking action in a "Civil" matter and no criminal complains had been filed against these site and/or a warrant? I want to see the paperwork they have that gave them the legal power to circumvent "due Process" and do what they did?
I bet they don't have it..

posted by (2010-07-09 00:22:16)
katep avatarI dont get it how can they seize thepiratebay its not based in the us at is it

posted by (2010-07-09 00:37:58)
Infectious avatarI just love the concept that you pay for a service(internet)and they get to tell you what you can do with that service you pay for.Nice....f*ckers.Funny thing is alot of these a**holes probably have kids sitting at home downloading sh*t left and right and they don't give two sh*ts about that but someone pays them to go after some poor b*stard they don't know then it's on,they act all righteous about "piracy."You can't honestly tell me that majority of people that have owned a pc for any number of years that get on it on a pretty regular basis,has'nt downloaded something,at some point or another,that they probably should have paid for,wether it's a mp3 or program.The thing with the federal government is if they can't figure out how to legitimatley make profit hand-over-fist off of something then they know they can make money by at least pressing some sort of trumped up legal lawsuit against people.They did the same thing awhile back with the health supplement industry and pro-hormones,they ban health supplements that actually do what they say they do and the government bans them for fear of children buying the stuff and over-dosing but yet the government sells the biggest killers of people in the U.S. tobacco and booze.It's a bullsh*t double standard.You can go out and walk in any Wal-Mart and buy as many dvd's as you like,put them in a pile and set them on fire and that is ok,it's yours at that point right??But if you take those same dvd's that you purchased and put them on the internet to share with your friends then they'll unleash the hounds.Does'nt the government have anything more useful to persue??How about those weapons of mass destruction Bush was babbling about?

posted by (2010-07-09 02:53:15)
Infectious avatarWoW,that dude likes the c*ck huh? LoL

posted by Blocked (2010-07-09 08:33:30)
menahunie avatarInfectious - There is something missing that appears allot of people assume.
The DVD's, games, software, etc. we ALL PAY ALLOT OF MONEY IS THIS - WE DID NOT BUY IT. We only paid for a license to use it.
Case in point I bought a shelf computer, I disagreed with the Microcrap License and it told me to go to the vendor and get a refund on the Microcrap OS. So I went to the store I bought it from with the UNOPENED SOFTWARE and told them Microcrap told me to go to you for a refund. Know what Happened? They told me I have to get the refund from Microcrap becuse the OS came with the computer from the manufacturer and Microcrap forced the manufacturer to include it with other Microcrap software.
Okay so now I am in a tennis match between the store and Microcrap except I AM THE BALL. This went on for about a week when I just said fuk it and took the computer back to the store for a refund. They didn't want to give me a refund since I had opened the computer box. I told them yes it was opened and the computer was never assembled or plugged in. Then they asked my why I was bringing it back? I told them I didn't agree with the Microcrap software license and since you the store were also jerking me around I WANT MY MONEY BACK and YOU HAVE A SATISFACTION GUARANTEE..
Well I got my money back and I have been assembling my own computers ever since.
The point of this rant?
Is I refuse to be a sheep and have to spend my own hard earned money and told I have to take crap because of what MicroCrap or the BIG store says I should.
Yes I and many other download files for a very good reason. This reason is how many times have you gone into a store looking for software, games, etc. Picked up a box, read all the glowing shit stated on it and thought great according to their lies this will do what I need it to do, so I lay down my money - this instance it was 300.00 and went home. Opened it loaded it started it tried to do what was stated on the box and went oh shit batastards lied. You spend allot of money on a game it it didn't do as stated on the box? I like FPS games, but when I bought the Farscape game and it was showing all the shooting on the box and stating in glowing terms as to the wonderful journey I am about to take in participating in action and adventure??
Well what happened the game I just spend 60.00 on was no better than a Dungoens and Dragons; you know point arrow click and the little people all move in the direction indicated. Crap. Screwed again; so I download files and try them before I buy them because no matter how good a crack is it really at most times doesn't work very well. Take the new game sniper ghost warrior - what a piece of crap. read reviews and you will see what I am taking about, jeez the AI bots shooting straight in the air and they are hitting me hiding behind rocks WTF..

posted by (2010-07-09 09:08:19)
mustang111 avataranti-pirates are cowards. ask them whether have'nt they ever seen any pirated movie or downloaded music through net in their teenage years or maybe their children would surely would have done it.
so why do'nt they clear their ass first before busting others

posted by (2010-07-09 21:10:13)
mork_blasphemy avatarI'm sorry about TVshack,they have a nice selection of documentaries that is hard to find on torrent sites!!

posted by (2010-07-10 03:22:15)

posted by (2010-07-10 08:39:17)
No avatarwtf hard working people? rappers dont bust ass working look at lil wayne in his documentary, he smokes weed and raps music and then he's done or goes on tours in a nice ass bus or car whatever and stands on stage. and thats HARDWORK? um no even producers and shit dont even work hard maybe in the beginning but they sit in a chair and clean hisses and distortion out of voices and throw it on a beat. WTF. people that make 7.25 a hr or so BUST ASSSSSS.

posted by (2010-07-10 08:55:35)
kaiser avatarAny of these fools thought about what would happen if all music, games and movies stopped being down/up loaded? There would be hardly any need for multiple GB of band width, no need for super fast broadband no need for huge storage drives blank DVD's etc, most people would get by with maybe one GB a month at a fraction of the cost now payed to the IP's. Then who would scream? What do the IP's think that I do with 140Gb a month? If you can't beat em join em. I wouldn't mind paying a SMALL fee for each movie I DL knowing it was good quality, not too old and I would not be getting a nasty letter or knock at the door!!! 90% of the movies I would never have gone to see anyway @ $60+ a time (3x movie+parking+food)so where's the loss?

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