Operation In Our Sites

Late last month the United States authorities decided to take a bit stab at online piracy and counterfeit. This initiative that they are taking up, termed Operation In Our Sites, has been the undoing of more than 100 different websites that were involved in the distribution of copyrighted materials. These copyrighted materials ranged from fake designer purses, illegal copies of movies, games, software, and even jerseys.

Operation In Our Sites has the support from both the Department of Justice and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as the entertainment industry. With these powerful groups backing this movement up, it leaves very little for website owners to do to protest this move.

One big hit to online piracy and counterfeit materials was the day after Thanksgiving. It was termed “Cyber Monday Crackdown” because it resulted in the complete takedown and seizure of eighty-two domains. The total of seized sites is now over a hundred and thirty and unfortunately they can’t protest it at all.

On top of seizing these sites, the officials wanted to ‘scare’ visitors and other website owners by putting up an official looking warning that states that the domain was seized and that penalties for those breaking copyright regulations were $250,000 fine and up to five years in prison.

However this isn’t the first time the government has taken a stab at the ever increasing problem of copyright infringement. Last year the sites that were targeted were mostly streaming websites, and other sites that offered free media. This year there were no streaming sites that were targeted at all; in fact they were all sites that charged their customers for the counterfeit products.

So what are the website owners doing about these actions? Well after the first few attacks the website owners learned quickly to back up their sites so nothing was lost but the domain, and on top of that many of the website owners have purchased several other domains to use instead.

It is certain that the seizures will continue and more and more counterfeit sites will be removed however will it make a difference? Isn’t the underlying problem the fact that most of the products that are counterfeited are so expensive that people wouldn’t/couldn’t pay normal price for them?


RIAA Targeting Writers Freedom ? A Limewire Article On PCMag Was Ordered To Be Taken Down !

Sometimes we get into unwanted clashes, even if it something as simple as adding external links to your site. That may be enough to put you in trouble, especially if the links are to BitTorrent site like the Pirate Bay, although your reason may be as genuine as educative or informative. The Recording Industry Association of America [RIAA] has been very straight forward and strict against ‘trafficking of pirated American movies and music from rogue websites outside our borders.’

The company has been very sincere in extending total support to ‘Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act,’ aiming mainly at the faulty foreign sites. An official announcement was made in September claiming that a bill was welcome if initial step toward cutting off the financial lifeline that sustains illegal operations and threatens the livelihoods of countless members of the American music community. But the bill did not fascinate people apparently and therefore it was forced to shut down.

The RIAA proclaimed that the publicity the program received from the article was the cause of its resurrection. The journal published by Ziff-Davis, received a letter from the RIAA expressing its unhappiness over the publication of such an article. The article we speak about bears the title ‘Limewire is Dead.’ The trouble here was that the article was declared dead to P2p services. In spite of a disclaimer being issued that PC magazine did not support illegal articles, RIAA was not very pleased.

It stated that the disclaimer which was issued that the disclaimer did not tolerate the download of copyrighted or illegal material was not very specific. The RIAA therefore commanded that the article be removed from the PCMag.com. RIAA and other music industry figures have been reprimanding PCMag as it dared to pinpoint some Limewire alternatives, claiming that P2P is not the only file sharing site. It is said that there were alternatives to Limewire [a peer-to-peer {P2P} application/service which allows people to share files] after it was closed down.

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