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Following on the heels of this week’s domain seizure of a large hiphop file-sharing links forum, it’s clear today that the U.S. Government has been very busy.
“At first I thought it was hackers,” Mr. Hofman said. But within hours a notice went up on the site saying that its domain name had been seized by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit of the ; it was one of dozens of sites shut down, accused of copyright infringement and selling counterfeit goods.
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During the past 24 hours the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have seized several domains belonging to major sports streaming sites. While the authorities have not yet officially commented on the actions, there is little doubt that we’re dealing with a “Super Bowl Crackdown”. Whether the actions will have much effect has to be doubted, as the affected sites are continuing on other domains.
Sports fanatics around the web had already started to notice , but today federal officials gave a full list of the sports-streaming websites they have seized in advance of Superbowl Sunday.
February 14, 2011 Washington, DC
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The US Government has yet again shuttered several domain names this week.
US Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) has caused tremendous controversy over the past year by seizing domain names belonging to sites that allegedly infringe copyright or sell counterfeit goods.
US authorities have initiated the largest round of domain name seizures yet as part of their continued crackdown on counterfeit and piracy-related websites.
And now people get arrested
Federal prosecutors are asking a judge not to return the domain names of one of Spain’s most popular websites seized as part of a major US crackdown on Internet piracy.
As the United States authorities continue with their domain name seizure policy, file-sharing, streaming and link site operators around the world are looking for ways to mitigate this aggressive action. To this end, an Internet engineer and website operator has put together a guide that might just help site owners avoid a whole heap of inconvenience in the future.
When the US government decides to take down a website offering access to free TV streams over the Internet, it doesn't mess around. Newly unsealed court documents show that Brian McCarthy, the 32-year old alleged operator of Channelsurfing.net, got the complete treatment—investigators dug into his domain name registrar, his ISP, his Gmail account, his ad brokers, and the Texas driver's license database. They even sent a surveillance team to the Deer Park, Texas home where McCarthy lived with his parents.