Thursday, February 3, 2011

Pirate viewing UFC 126 this weekend? Think again.


If you planned on saving your $55 from the UFC 126 PPV this weekend, you might want to make other plans. The pirate site you used to visit was probably seized by the Department of Justice in a recent operation to halt illegal streamings by popular pirate sites. Visiting one of the sites will only display the above message. Here's a portion of a statement from the DOJ:

"PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the
Southern District of New York, and JOHN T. MORTON, the Director
of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE"), announced
today that seizure warrants have been executed against 10
websites engaged in the illegal streaming over the Internet of
live sporting event telecasts and Pay-Per-View events. The ten
websites – seized yesterday pursuant to a federal court order
that was unsealed today – were among the most popular on the
Internet for illegally distributing copyrighted sporting events.
They are: ATDHE.NET, CHANNELSURFING.NET,
HQ-STREAMS.COM, HQSTREAMS.NET,
FIRSTROW.NET, ILEMI.COM, IILEMI.COM,
IILEMII.COM, ROJADIRECTA.ORG and
ROJADIRECTA.COM.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney PREET BHARARA said: "The
illegal streaming of professional sporting events over the
Internet deals a financial body blow to the leagues and
broadcasters who are forced to pass their losses off to fans by
raising prices for tickets and pay-per-view events. With the
Super Bowl just days away, the seizures of these infringing
websites reaffirm our commitment to working with our law
enforcement partners to protect copyrighted material and put the
people who steal it out of business.'"

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