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Super Bowl Online Streaming Reports

February 6, 2011 by USA Post 

Super Bowl Online Streaming, (AFP) – U.S. agents have sidelined 10 sites they said linking viewers to pirate broadcasts of live sporting events including basketball, hockey, wrestling and other sports.

Federal agents armed with warrants issued by the court in the areas of online Atdhe.net, Channelsurfing.net, HQ-streams.com, HQstreams.net, Firstrow.net, Ilemi.com, Iilemi.com, Iilemii.com, Rojadirecta.org and Rojadirecta.com.

Visitors to one of the sites were redirected Thursday to notice that the specific area had been seized due to violations of copyright criminal punishable by imprisonment and fines.

Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) has teamed with Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) in New York to execute warrants.

The sites provided illegal access to television copyright of the National League of American Football, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, World Wrestling Entertainment and Ultimate Fighting Championship.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara urged the court to order the operators of sites permanently confiscate domain names.

The move came less than a week before a football game “Super Bowl” championship reputation for drawing millions of viewers.

“The illegal streaming of professional sporting events on the Internet is a blow to the financial institution leagues and broadcasters who are forced to pass their losses to the fans in the form of higher tariffs and pay-per-view,” said Bharara.

“With the Super Bowl only days away, seizures of counterfeit Web sites reaffirm our commitment to working with our partners in law enforcement to protect copyrighted works and to people who fly into bankruptcy.”

Sports leagues and broadcasters are losing millions of dollars annually due to pirated events be streamed on the Internet, according to the affidavit of seizure.

“This swift action by our special agents HSI New York andanlysts sends a clear message to website operators who mistakenly believe it’s worth taking the risk of programming copyright and present it as their own,” said ICE Director John Morton.

Web sites seizures were described as popular “link” sites that people connected to online sites where hackers sporting events and pay-per-view were welcomed.

The move was the latest phase of Operation “on our sites,” an ongoing investigation into Web sites that illegally offer copyrighted and counterfeit goods.

U.S. authorities shut down 82 sites in November sales of most Chinese-made counterfeit goods, including golf clubs, movies, Walt Disney, handbags and other items.

Targeted sites include burberryoutletshop.com, cheapscarfshop.com, dvdcollectionsale.com, handbagcom.com, mydreamwatches.com, rapgodfathers.com, sunglasses-mall.com, torrent-finder.com and usaoutlets.net.

“Operation Our Sites” began in June of last year with the closure of nine sites offering pirated movies.

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