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Until a few weeks ago, Brian McCarthy ran a website, channelsurfing.net, that linked to various sites where you could watch online streams of TV shows and sports networks. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seized his domain name in late January. All you’ll find there now is a “This domain has been seized” warning, complete with a screeching eagle dive-bombing your face as he clutches a banner that reads “Protection is our trademark.” Then, in an unprecedented move, on Friday they arrested McCarthy and charged him with criminal copyright infringement — punishable by five years in prison.
Demand Progress just obtained a copy of the complaint that DHS and ICE made against him: they do not even allege that he made a copy of anything. Just that he ran what they call a “linking website” which linked to various sites with infringing material.
You'll never see the DHS pull a stunt like this with YouTube.
Originally posted by TXRabbit
newsflash - DHS and ICE are now the sword used by the entertainment industry to enforce their copywrite protection. That's right - federal agencies now act to protect the profits of large, multinational corporations and call it "defending our homeland"
The Department of Homeland Security reportedly set up an undercover Web site designed to catch men who want to have sex with underage girls. But the site was apparently so sleazy, its web hosting company shut it down, not knowing it was a government sting operation. Source
Originally posted by Lemon.Fresh
Reply to post by drwolf
Hit the nail on the head. Any way you slice it, Google does the same thing.