US authorities shutdown websites accused of movie piracy

edited July 2010 in Spurious Generalities
US feds and customs officials shut down seven websites yesterday, for allegedly hosting pirated copies of popular Hollywood films and TV shows.

The net seizures came just one week after the White House announced its enforcement plan for confronting theft of intellectual property.

US authorities have accused the sites of movie piracy and said that films such as Toy Story 3 were being offered free to users of the websites.

A Manhattan federal court issued warrants on behalf of the US attorney for the Southern District of New York that demanded the closure of seven sites:,,,,, and

Six of the websites were described by the attorney’s office as “linking” sites that give access to portals where “pirated movies and television programs are stored”. was described as a “cyberlocker” that allegedly stored pirated films and TV shows which were made available for users to download.

“Criminal copyright infringement occurs on a massive scale over the internet, and reportedly results in billions of dollars in losses to the US economy. That translates into lost jobs and real hardships for ordinary working people,” said US attorney Preet Bharara, in justifying the action.

“If your business model is movie piracy, your story will not have a happy ending.”

His office said it would request that the domain names for the seized websites be forfeited

This is a shame, tvshack was a great site.


  • kfc v lotkfc v lot Regular
    edited July 2010
    Thing is tvshack is already back up (can't remember the site) and the problem is for everyone they close another couple will take their place...
  • OnesanOnesan Acolyte
    edited July 2010
    hopefully this kind of shit can be stopped before we are left with no resort but offsystem links shared over tor hidden services, although it does have a awesome cypherpunkesque feel to ponder that idea for a while
  • NightsideNightside Regular
    edited July 2010
    Apparently they can shut down someone if they suspect them of going to torrent, such as searching "metallica torrent"
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