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Max Schreck

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July 2 2010 10:10 PM   QuickQuote Quote  
dammit, they got ninjavideo!








Feds shut down nine websites in movie piracy crackdown

July 02, 2010 By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times

The sites had made pirated versions of 'Toy Story 3' and 'Iron Man 2' available within hours of their release in theaters. The crackdown is part of a renewed effort to curb film and TV piracy online.
July 01, 2010|By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
Adding some swashbuckling to its tough talk on fighting piracy, the federal government on Wednesday seized several websites that had offered downloads of pirated movies such as "Toy Story 3" and "Iron Man 2" within hours of their release in theaters.

Federal authorities announced that they had seized domain names from nine websites engaged in the "criminal theft of American movies and television." The websites include TVShack.net, PlanetMoviez.com, ThePirateCity.org and Ninjavideo.net. Combined, the sites drew 6.7 million visitors a month, authorities said.

Officials also seized assets from 15 bank, investment and advertising accounts and executed residential search warrants in North Carolina, New York, New Jersey and Washington, according to a statement from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which coordinated its investigation with the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies.

The crackdown, which involved 100 agents working in 11 states and the Netherlands, was part of a renewed campaign dubbed Operation in Our Sites by federal authorities to curb Internet counterfeiting and piracy. The announcement comes a week after the Obama administration unveiled a detailed plan on how to tackle global piracy, including targeting illegal websites.

ICE chief John Morton, speaking at a Walt Disney Studios sound stage where he was joined by movie studio executives and union representatives, trumpeted the bust as the beginning of a "long-term effort to turn the tables on these thieves." The targeted websites, he added, are "run by people who have no respect for creativity and innovation."

The studios say they lose hundreds of millions annually to piracy.

Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a statement that the actions were necessary to protect the jobs and livelihoods of "ordinary working people" and warned others engaged in similar websites.
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July 3 2010 1:44 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
I'm sorry, and correct me if I'm wrong, but don't the feds have more serious/better shit to waste their time on than going all Murdock and busting the eeeevil people who sat in a theater, were subjected to the comedic voice-over of Tim Allen, and who subsequently distributed this shit on the tubes?

I'm not advocating theft, but it's very hard for me to feel sympathy for anyone in this industry. They're perpetuating the insane prices for movies by a number of things... Paying actors millions of dollars per movie, the general insane amount of money big budget movies eat up for no good reason, which trickles down to everyone shelling out $10+ per ticket (the price of which gets raised every year), and (I know this isn't the movie industry here) the stupid theaters charging $600 for popcorn at the concession stand. Uuuuuughhhhhh



Alls I wanna know is where Bin Ladin at, y'all?

/crotchity old lady rant
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July 3 2010 1:57 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
no, i completely agree. what sucks is they busted ninjavideo for movies, but all i've ever used it for was watching cable tv shows. now that's fucked because they also had major release movies. lame.
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July 3 2010 2:44 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
Originally posted by: viva hate

I'm sorry, and correct me if I'm wrong, but don't the feds have more serious/better shit to waste their time on than going all Murdock and busting the eeeevil people who sat in a theater, were subjected to the comedic voice-over of Tim Allen, and who subsequently distributed this shit on the tubes?

I'm not advocating theft, but it's very hard for me to feel sympathy for anyone in this industry. They're perpetuating the insane prices for movies by a number of things... Paying actors millions of dollars per movie, the general insane amount of money big budget movies eat up for no good reason, which trickles down to everyone shelling out $10+ per ticket (the price of which gets raised every year), and (I know this isn't the movie industry here) the stupid theaters charging $600 for popcorn at the concession stand. Uuuuuughhhhhh



Alls I wanna know is where Bin Ladin at, y'all?

/crotchity old lady rant



Originally posted by: viva hate

I'm sorry, and correct me if I'm wrong, but don't the feds have more serious/better shit to waste their time on than going all Murdock and busting the eeeevil people who sat in a theater, were subjected to the comedic voice-over of Tim Allen, and who subsequently distributed this shit on the tubes?



^love this girl

I'm not advocating theft, but it's very hard for me to feel sympathy for anyone in this industry. They're perpetuating the insane prices for movies by a number of things... Paying actors millions of dollars per movie, the general insane amount of money big budget movies eat up for no good reason, which trickles down to everyone shelling out $10+ per ticket (the price of which gets raised every year), and (I know this isn't the movie industry here) the stupid theaters charging $600 for popcorn at the concession stand. Uuuuuughhhhhh



Alls I wanna know is where Bin Ladin at, y'all?

/crotchity old lady rant

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July 3 2010 2:45 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
sorry, that girl rocks......................
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July 3 2010 2:55 AM   QuickQuote Quote  
so they will nab a few sites.still wont stop me from streaming movies for free! ftw!
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