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Feds Seize 7 Linking Websites, 1 Cyberlocker for Infringement

Feds Seize 7 Linking Websites, 1 Cyberlocker for Infringement

Accuse TVSHACK.NET, MOVIES-LINKS.TV, FILESPUMP.COM, NOW-MOVIES.COM, PLANETMOVIEZ.COM, and THEPIRATECITY.OR of providing links to other sites where copyrighted material can be found, and accuses another, ZML.com, of being a Cyberlocker where illegal copies of copyrighted material has been stored.

Federal officials have announced the seizure of seven websites it accuses of being “involved in the illegal distribution of copyrighted movies and television programs over the Internet.” The only things is that six of them merely provide links to other sites that host copyrighted material, and the seventh is merely a Cyberlocker where users are the ones responsible for making content available.

The United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, says that TVSHACK.NET, MOVIES-LINKS.TV, FILESPUMP.COM, NOW-MOVIES.COM, PLANETMOVIEZ.COM, and THEPIRATECITY.ORG, are linking websites and that ZML.COM is the Cyberlocker.

“Criminal copyright infringement occurs on a massive scale over the Internet, and reportedly results in billions of dollars in losses to the U.S. economy,” said Bharara. “That translates into lost jobs and real hardships for ordinary working people. That’s why we took today’s action. If your business model is movie piracy, your story will not have a happy ending.”

It’s a curious set of charges being that six of the sites don’t actually host any copyrighted material, only linking to sites that do. Linking to links of copyrighted material has yet to be a criminal offense.

The seventh site, ZML.com, is merely a Cyberlocker that so far the courts, at least in Germany, have ruled to be legal. A recent decision there in a case against Rapidshare found that it’s the third parties using the service, and not the site itself, that make copyrighted material “publicly available.”

Closer to home, the US District Court of the Southern District of California recently declined to issue a temporary injunction against Rapidshare over similar complaints by the adult entertainment company Perfect 10.

Bharara is clearly overreaching in both of these cases.

Last year the MPAA made illegal video streaming websites a top priority. It began comparing it to physical theft as though there is a finite number of digital copies to that can be streamed.

Stay tuned.

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Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
nomas
nomas

There's no such thing as net neutrality. Moron who thinks the people created the internet. FIY tough guy, the CIA invented it and it's been around long before the web got started so no, you don't really have a say and never will. The internet is not some free do whatever you want highway. There are always consequences, online doesn't mean anything. It will be treated like anyplace else.

necron
necron

youtube does the same thing except with music if they are shutting down sites like this then when are they going to shutdown youtube because theres thousands of songs on there if feds are going to do this then fucking do it correctly then we will see how much of an uproar then is about streaming content on the web

n/a
n/a

what is sad is that 1,000+ site like those rlly dought Fucking feds can stop em all..........r....eally what it mater i already own terabytes of stuff.... :P....so if let say 1 day no more site at all like those .really woudnt care cause i got it allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll....

IDK
IDK

If the film industry was smart they would make the own website and sell a stream for the same price as a movie ticket. I'd have no problem paying the 9.00 to watch a new movie. These sites had movies but it was a real bitch to watch one. You had to deal with audio commercials, constant buffing, and poor quality. I'd pay the 9.00 to stream the movie to my flat screen.. what i dont have time for is find the time to actually go to a movie theathre... who watches the kids. lol

Law
Law

To serve and protect the public or serve and protect enforcers pockets?....corps with bankrolls influence law makers...and all at the public's expense time and money. Library or search engine links neither are illegal or morally wrong. Time to take away the wasteful spending in the justice department. Job security through dishonest means. Library lends out DVD's VHS CASETTE BOOKS PAPERS through the internet as a digital download is no different when cities have public showing of copy righted movies, nothing wrong with that either Time for the justice department to back off and wake up to whats right and whats wrong. Is greed the only reason rash actions are being made?

judowanomo
judowanomo

Sorry to burst anyones bubble, but as long as the world wide web exist, then so will piracy. When you buy something in this free world, its up to you whether you want to share or not. whether it be a pair of jeans, a soda, or a cd or movie. Thanks to net neutrality and the fact that were not living in "The Matrix", we can share whatever we wish. wich brings me to my point. The only real point everyone has to undenyably look at ~"whatever you create and put out there, be willing to let the world see"~ personally if i was in the film industry, i wouldnt giva two flying f's who watched it or how. but come on, we the people created the net and world wide web, we the people created cameras, and divx, and xvid. we the people also created filesharing programs and websites like: limewire, kazza, frostwire, bearshare, mp3rocket, torrents, websites like watchnewfilms. com, and divxmoviezonline. com, and websites like ifile. it . and well create more. we the people are undenyably uncontrollable. we create we share, were connected. and theres not a da.. thing any party can do about it. i know sux to be an actress this day and age but think, theyre rocking gucci and getting publicity. its not illegal to watch, it is illegal copy the copyrighted content and then proceed to upload it. but thats not going to stop pple from doing it. people will just become more savvy as things evolve.

Bladhare
Bladhare

Tvshack is back up and running as TVShack.cc, since the gov't only seized the domain name.

Aaron Walkhouse
Aaron Walkhouse

I won't miss them. For the most part these were in it for a quick buck by ads, access fees or both. Anybody that spams forums, P2P networks and torrent indexers to survive as a commercial pirate or sells "premium downloads", no matter how cheap, gets no sympathy from me when busted. This group didn't fool me for a second. Rapidshare is way out of their league, wasn't built around piracy and doesn't need MAFIAA product to survive. The courts know and respect this and that's why industry attempts to attack it always fail. Those other guys were an interconnected business network built around the easy draw of cheap access that only imitated free torrent indexers and cyberlockers in a superficial way. That's why they went down together as a group in one bust in one investigation. A private lawsuit failed against Rapidshare because it had no merit and no prosecutor would touch it. Bharara succeeded against this group because it was a criminal enterprise and he had hard evidence. Though you may think you got something for free you'll have to admit that a small fee made it go faster while your ad banner and script blockers were kept busy every time you went there. They hoped to take advantage of the same kind of grey areas and support from people like us for long enough to make a bundle and vanish before they get caught. Don't pity those criminals who tried to disguise themselves as freedom-loving people like us while making a quick buck in real piracy. This is ZeroPaid. If it's free, it's for me. We are not that kind of pirate. They can walk the plank.

Kaptain Krunch
Kaptain Krunch

To serve and to protect the BEAST and those whom the BEAST has made rich!

GlossyNews
GlossyNews

Is there any recourse for the companies that have just had their sites improperly seized? This is just sickening. Where's the due process?

roxxy
roxxy

Screw u feds catch the real bad criminals such as drug dealers and murderers not being a bum and chase video sites.

Paul867
Paul867

They have just moved the website to a new domain! tvshack.cc

eep
eep

you forgot ninjavideo.net, its gone too Don't really get why they bothered, took less then 5 minutes to find an alternative. Also you can find all this illegal content on legal hosting sites too,

jim
jim

this site is gonna get shut down for linking to the sites that were linking to illegal sites.

SalmonSeller
SalmonSeller

So, when will they be seizing Google, Bing and Yahoo? They link to sites with pirated content (or torrent files of pirated content) don't they?

Drew Wilson
Drew Wilson

Special thanks to those who tipped us on this story! Thank you! :)

Acewings
Acewings

Ok, wtf. I loved TVShack and Watchmovies. Last time I checked the government could only go after the video hosting sites, what changed? As for the "Loss of economy", what economy? Actors makes millions per year, I don't know anyone that makes that much...

Mark
Mark

.cc not .net for tvshack



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