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ICE Seizes More Domain Names – TVShack for 2nd Time

ICE Seizes More Domain Names – TVShack for 2nd Time

Brings total to at least 82 domain names seized so far as part of “Operation In Our Sites v. 2.0.”

After having already seized some 70 domain names over the weekend, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, has executed at least a dozen more warrants against sites it accuses of offering counterfeit goods or copyright infringing material.

“The sale of counterfeit U.S. brands on the Internet steals the creative work of others, costs our economy jobs and revenue and can threaten the health and safety of American consumers,” said ICE Director John Morton in a press release. “The protection of intellectual property is a top priority for Homeland Security Investigations and the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center. We are dedicated to protecting the jobs, the income and the tax revenue that disappear when counterfeit goods are trafficked.”

The latest 12 were seized as part of what it dubbed a “Cyber Monday” crackdown in its latest effort under the ongoing “Operation In Our Sites v. 2.0,” bringing the total seized so far to 82, much larger than the eight seized this past July in v1.0.

The sites seized run the gamut from sites selling counterfeit goods and products to a BitTorrent tracker search engine – Torrent-finder.com. The seizure of the domain name of the latter is what concerned many because it functions in essentially the same manner as other search engines like Google or Bing. If Torrent-finder can be held accountable for its search results than why can’t Google?

“By seizing these domain names, we have disrupted the sale of thousands of counterfeit items, while also cutting off funds to those willing to exploit the ingenuity of others for their own personal gain,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “Intellectual property crimes are not victimless. The theft of ideas and the sale of counterfeit goods threaten economic opportunities and financial stability, suppress innovation and destroy jobs. The Justice Department, with the help of our law enforcement partners, is changing the perception that these crimes are risk-free with enforcement actions like the one announced today.”

Not included on the official list, but seized nonetheless, was TVShack.cc. It’s earlier incarnation, TVShack.net, was seized back in July in “”Operation In Our Sites v1.0.” An unconfirmed rumor suggests that it plans to reemerge as TVSHack.es in the days to come.

When it comes to foreign sites the US govt can only seize the domain name pointers of domains under its jurisdiction. This includes those top-level domains administered by Verisign, and thus ICANN, but it’s this unseemly control over what is intended to be an international body that has led many critics to suggest that the US should cede control to a UN body.

By including BitTorrent tracker or streaming sites on the list ICE has proven that it’s not consumers or American jobs that it’s trying to protect, but rather the selfish interests of entertainment corporations trying to wrest revenue away from other industries in this country where users of the sites currently spend the money they save by not properly renumerating copyright holders for consuming their content.

It’s nothing more than a shell game. Sites like Torrent-finder and TVShack don’t cause a net loss of jobs and revenue and, according to some studies, can actually has a positive effect on legal content consumption.

Aside from obvious free speech concerns, it’s also pointless. A number of the sites seized have already resurfaced; 2009jerseys.com is back as 2009jerseys.net; RapGodfathers.com is back as RapGodFathers.info; NFLJerseySupply.com is back as NFLJerseySupply.net; golfwholesale18.com back as golfwholesale18.net; torrent-finder.com is back as torrent-finder.info.

Moreover, ICE’s claims of protecting American consumers, workers, and businesses with the seizures belie what the Government Accountability Office said earlier this year, namely that the effects of counterfeiting and piracy aren’t as simple as lost sales or profits, that each has a range of effects, some negative, others positive. It cited lost profits and tax revenue as negatives for businesses and govt, but that consumers benefited from increased access and lower costs.

Most important of all, the GAO cited the need for differentiating the effects of counterfeiting and piracy among industries. Counterfeit pharmaceuticals are almost always bad for consumers while counterfeit DVDs, jerseys, or handbags are not.

That’s why Nike and Pfizer ought to think twice about teaming up with the RIAA and MPAA to support ICE in this effort along with the controversial Combating Online Counterfeit and Infringement Act which would give the Department of Justice an “expedited process” to seize domain names.

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
UnBelievable in America
UnBelievable in America

Obama and his henchman have definitely over stepped the bounds of common sense here. What's wrong with make stuff available in one area that say CBS doesn't want to show in that area because only 5 of us want to watch that particular ball game being played in the midwest and not shown in La? They really should make this a little more explicit, we shut 'em down becaue they were trying to make $$$ off somebody else's work. HMMM that sounds like the NCAA, but they don't get shutdown.

armen
armen

tv shack is back as tvshack.bz. silly little i.c.e. employees-when will you realize all your work is in vain & do the right thing and kill yourselves. suicide is the only way out for you :)

Mark
Mark

@Sick and Tired I'm not expert, but if i was the governement i would do the "easy" stuff first... Although i don't know how easy it is. Think they failed to shut down wikileaks several times...

Sick and Tired
Sick and Tired

And congress sits around wondering why they can't balance the budget? It's because they are too damned busy paying for this type of bullshit! I'd rather have them spend money on removing the illegals out of this country by parking buses hidden and out of view of places like Walmart on Sundays then have our military descend upon the business and start packing buses to send them back to the border & if any attempt to return illegally, fire an AK47 at his ass. Then stop putting all documents including our tax forms in Spanish and English, which wastes paper because all they are doing is lying on the tax forms using some poor saps stolen social security number and drawing as much as possible from our tax return $$. What they don't steal that way, they steal through the Social Services programs by claiming that the 10 families living under 1 roof all cook separately for their families so each family draws about $400 in food stamps, adding up to $4000 a month in food stamps while true US citizens can't get food stamps even though they are unemployed b/c businesses don't want to hire someone they may actually have to pay a real living wage and benefits. They'd rather pay out the ass for an illegal first than hire a US citizen and then let that illegal get free healthcare that US citizens aren't entitled to have, free food stamps, US citizens aren't entitled to when they can't find work, and the list goes on and on including AFDC, Medicaid, utility assistance, etc... they are sucking our social services money dry leaving real citizens close to death and starvation not to mention homeless and hopeless. And the only thing Homeland Security has on the brain is a few movies and 30-year-old television shows? That's ridiculous. Fire that bastard in charge! He's sick in the head!

Jack Koffman
Jack Koffman

I wish they would stop crying about loosing millions when many fail to obtain anywhere close to one million themselves in a lifetime. Hrmmm who do I feel sorry for someone crying with millions or the guy or gal getting fined some crazy amount of cash for something so trivial as downloading a song. And yes it is trivial. We made a law against marijuana and still to this day there has been completely opposing views within our own government. Just cause its a "Law" doesn't mean that it is "The Law". The mob of the poor empowers the rich. The poor are the real hands that do the feeding. Give the artist some credit absolutely I am sure they already get there share and will no matter what if they make good material.

MrGuy
MrGuy

I really think that the only thing that will end this status quo is to start a revolution.

Anon
Anon

because the 5 million dollar per movie salary isnt enough to live on, hollywood needs to be protected... Give me a fuken break....

grr
grr

ICE suck balls

Allen Ginsberg
Allen Ginsberg

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Anonymous
Anonymous

There's a .p2p TLD project going on, so these operations will be obsolete soon.

Drew Wilson
Drew Wilson

ICE should have called this, "Operation: Web Irritant"

Drew Wilson
Drew Wilson

ICE should have called this, "Operation: Web Irritant" If you break the law, ICE will hunt you down and be very irritating!

Anonymous2
Anonymous2

And i'd like to add that i agree with both the ideals of dinster and Anonymous. The stuff which we don't really care about they give us to vote (so we don't) and they keep the stuff that matters out of our reach so we can't tamper with their ideal society

Anonymous2
Anonymous2

Relating to the Tvshack.cc item, they not only did movies but shows. I can understand movies, but shows? does it not function much like a DVR. Besides, the movies aree crappy quality, your getting what you paid for, which is nothing at all, and in return, get crappy graphics. I agree with Terror up there, you watch the movie, in the same way you rent it, and THEN you buy it. If your doing this, you might as well crack down on kids who skip from theater to theater in a movie theater, watching movies for free.

AKA Jonny
AKA Jonny

this is bull shit they should stop criminal on streets not this pussys

disinter
disinter

Anon, I suppose you are correct.

disinter
disinter

You know one thing I will never understand is that we as a country vote on every little thing you can imagine. We vote locally about potholes in the street, we vote nationally on the president. We vote and vote and vote a billion times every year about one thing or another but when it comes to shit like this, we have no voice. No one in government gives a flying fuck what any of us thinks. I truly believe that if it was on the ballet anywhere that said either "Focus all our energy on the border" or "Seize domain names", it wouldn't be a contest at all. The MafiAA and the government officials they paid off need to wake up and realize that the people they are fucking over with these bullshit laws will eventually replace them all in the government some day and when they do guess whose ass will be in a sling??? Your old corrupt officials won't live forever. Eventually they will be replaced.

ahhh
ahhh

tv shack was "powned already" as many ohh my links where taken down by anti-piracy,during the site was well and runnig...they need to make a new site,new domain name,use proxy's and https,and then make a new type of not named like tv shack site...so you can get rid of all those anti-piracy members on that site...

terror
terror

Tv shack was my fav , what did u do. Now I won't be buying any dvd/blue ray because of you. 1st watch if like it buy it. Terror - take everybody's rights regardless of their religion

Anon
Anon

How do torrents threaten health and safety?

Aerik Teh
Aerik Teh

lmao. Right on the money Drew.



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