US Feds shut down nine websites in movie piracy crackdown
Posted in: Online TV/Music at 01/07/2010 20:36
The sites had made pirated versions of 'Toy Story 3' and 'Iron Man 2' available within hours of their release in theaters. The crackdown is part of a renewed effort to curb film and TV piracy online.
Adding some swashbuckling to its tough talk on fighting piracy, the federal government on Wednesday seized several websites that had offered downloads of pirated movies such as "Toy Story 3" and "Iron Man 2" within hours of their release in theaters.
Federal authorities announced that they had seized domain names from nine websites engaged in the "criminal theft of American movies and television." The websites include TVShack.net, PlanetMoviez.com, ThePirateCity.org and Ninjavideo.net. Combined, the sites drew 6.7 million visitors a month, authorities said.
US cracks down on Internet movie pirates, websites seized [AFP]
US authorities launched a crackdown on Wednesday against websites offering pirated copies of movies, sometimes within hours of their release in theaters.
The domain names of nine websites offering first-run movies were seized along with bank, Paypal and advertising accounts as part of the initiative called "Operation in Our Sites," US law enforcement officials said.
U.S. authorities seize websites over pirated movies
U.S. authorities seized nine websites on Wednesday, accusing them of movie piracy by offering free access to movies such as "Toy Story 3".
Kevin Suh, vice president of content protection for the Motion Picture Association of America, a Hollywood trade group, called the action, "Operation In Our Sites", the "largest takedown of illegal movie and television websites in a single action by the federal government."