Officials seize domain names of sites offering movies
"There are thousands of these sites. This is just a first step." -
John Morton, assistant secretary of ICE, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement
The battle against piracy, the theft of creative talents, images, services and rights through "file sharing" is heating up as Hollywood, including the Screen Actors Guild, has put pressure on congress and Federal Authorities. Today (Wednesday) the hatchet came down with swift and sharp action against a segment of oranized distribution of copyrighted material without permission or compensation.
The Hollywood Reporter provides this summary:
Hollywood studio and industry executives have joined with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S, Attorney for the Southern District of New York to launch Operation in our Sites, an initiative aimed at stopping Internet counterfeiting and piracy.
During a news conference Wednesday on a soundstage at Disney Studios, the feds announced that they have kicked off the effort by seizing nine Internet domain names of websites offering first-run movies, often within hours of their release.
ICE investigators and the Department of Homeland Security also have seized assets from 15 banks, PayPal and advertising accounts and moved on four residential search warrants in four states.
The seized domain names are tvshack.net, movies-links.tv, filespump.com, now-movies.com, planetmoviez.com, thepiratecity.org and zml.com.
Undercover agents downloaded newly released movies from the sites to determine they were offering stolen content.
Also seized were the domain names and website content of ninjavideo.net and ninjathis.net, which generated revenue from ads and donations.
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