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Article posted May 21 2011, 3:03 PM Category: Big Brother/Orwellian Source: TorrentFreak Print

U.S. Government Starts New Round of 'Pirate' Domain Seizures

by Ernesto, TorrentFreak

US authorities have resumed “Operation In Our Sites” and have seized several domain names associated with copyright infringement or counterfeit related crimes. Among the new targets are two sites that linked to copyrighted films hosted on third party streaming sites such as megavideo.com and veoh.com. Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has yet to officially announce the new operation.

Over the past several months a series of domain name seizures by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made headlines across the Internet.

Under the flag of “Operation In Our Sites” the authorities shut down a dozen file-sharing and streaming sites and many more accused of selling counterfeit goods.

Today ICE continued the operation with a 4th round, and the first one since February this year. Although the authorities are yet to give an official comment on the new seizures, TorrentFreak was able to confirm the following targets:

* Re1ease.net
* Watchnewfilms.com
* Dvdcollectionsale.com
* Dvdscollection.com
* Dvdsetsonline.com
* Newstylerolex.com

The first two domains are accused of copyright-related offenses, but did not host any copyrighted films themselves. Both Re1ease.net and Watchnewfilms.com linked to popular movie streaming sites such as Veoh.com and Megavideo.com. The rest of the domains appear to be connected to sales of counterfeit goods.

The new targets were most likely put forward to ICE by movie industry groups. In April of this year ICE director John Morton admitted that his organization was acting based on “tips from industry representatives,” among others.

The authorities are also aware of the fact that the domain seizures themselves are not really an effective tool. As pointed out before, more than half of the piracy-related domains that were seized by Operation In Our Sites simply continued under a different name.

Morton replied to this critique by emphasizing that the seizures also act as “public education about pirating.”

To quash allegedly copyright infringing sites more effectively U.S. lawmakers introduced the PROTECT IP Act last week. Aside from domain seizures, the new bill will also make it possible to block sites on an ISP level, to censor search engines, and to cut funding of allegedly copyright-infringing websites.

TorrentFreak is closely monitoring developments in Operation in Our Sites 4 and if any additional domains are seized we will update this report accordingly.





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imApirate

Posted: May 21 2011, 5:33 PM

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72181 Re1ease.net is now ScrRls.net
Anonymous

Posted: May 21 2011, 8:04 PM

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78105 Re1ease is now back online with an alternative domain, http://ScrRls.net
Anonymous

Posted: May 21 2011, 11:11 PM

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71127 Someone must have put out some HEAVY DUTY campaign contributions to get this kind of action! After all, the Federal Thuggery Lords have to have something to do and buying campaign ads can really boost your image.

Ah, yes, the new capitalism thats more like fascism. But, fear not, the only three competent people in the federal government will have to sleep someday. They, we'll get a break.
Judowanomo

Posted: May 22 2011, 11:44 AM

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1086 Well well... another feeble attempt to stop intellectual property thievery. Pirates arent going anywhere pple. Except maybe into the "Shadows" if our government has anything to say about it. The problem is, has our government ever really put their foot down on this matter? short answer, No. IF more laws are put into place for our government to protect the property rights of individuals in their jurisdiction, then people might actually listen. The laws need to be stiff, tougher, harsh, and way more expensive for people who violate them. I say if domain hosts were forced to keep a very reliable and detailed cache of all files EVER uploaded by the registrant and if every webpage had a federally forced traffic counter, this would be a perfect way to get this message across. For Example: A pirate supporting website goes up, incorporated links to copyrighted content gets uploaded to the server, 5 million people viewed the file, when feds seize the website and subpeona the accused pirates/pirate supporter(s) to court, If found guilty the pirates could be legally ordered to pay the price of that movie (file) multiplied by 5 million and/or serve a more lengthy prison sentence. In order for the FBI to effectively succeed in doing what they're trying to do, they need to hold ALL Hosts liable for maintaining a reliable source with irrefutable evidence as to what gets uploaded to thier servers. and all traffic needs to be 100% accurate, right down to each individual visit to the file. Now i dont know about you, but if i were a pirate, id think twice before playing that game. but alas for the rulemakers and film makers, they seize a handful of websites who are suspected of copyright infringement, when the only thing these accused pirates actually did was merely copy a link to someone elses url of a completely different persons' illegal copy of someone elses copyrighted content. This is wrong. They need to go after the Pirates who put it online to begin with, who subjected the people to the illegally copyrighted content in the first place, not the victims who were fortunate/unfortunate enough to stumble across it and whisper about it, talk about it, link to it. so to all the Content makers, law makers and law breakers alike - Whatever you create, or impression you make, anything you put out there, be willing to let the world see. because they will. and right now, for every 10 websites seized, 25 new ones sping up in its place. Its a tug-o-war with who is going to own the internet, the goverment screaming 'new law' and the people screaming 'net neutrality'.


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