Is This Domain Name Seizure a Bad Omen for Internet Freedom?


If anyone needed evidence that federal and local prosecutors are taking cybercrime seriously and in some cases pushing for tougher enforcement, just look at a domain name seizure announced recently in New York City.

At the request of federal prosecutors in Manhattan and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, a magistrate judge seized 10 websites that prosecutors allege illegally streamed live sporting events in violation of the copyrights of the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, World Wrestling Entertainment, and others.

Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, pointed out that the seizure took place just a few days before the Super Bowl and that illegal streaming hurts the leagues, broadcasters, and sports fans.

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