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Feds Seize Korean Movie Download Portals 215

SharkLaser writes "Homeland Security's ICE unit has just started another phase of Operation In Our Sites. Last week the seized sites were selling counterfeit goods, but this time the list consists solely of movie download sites. ICE has now seized the domains of 11 Korean movie download portals. This is first time Operation In Our Sites has been expanded to include sites targeting non-U.S. nationals and non-English sites. ICE has since added a message in Korean to the seized sites. Interestingly, while the sites were in Korean, the domain names are all connected to a Seattle-based company World Multimedia Group, Inc."
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Feds Seize Korean Movie Download Portals

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  • by Baloroth ( 2370816 ) on Sunday December 04, 2011 @07:16PM (#38260826)

    However, it was originally administered by the US DoD and is currently run by Verisign, whom you will note is a US based company and is therefore required to obey US laws. And TFS points out that the domains were "connected" (whatever the hell that means) to another US based company. So, everything about this was entirely US based, despite the sites being in Korean.

    Not that that justifies ICE in any way shape or form, but they do have legal authority, or so it would appear.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 04, 2011 @07:20PM (#38260882)

    Wrong. .com, .net, .org, .mil, .edu are all US domains. That's one of the perks of coming up with the Internet.

  • Re:First (I think) (Score:4, Informative)

    by houghi ( 78078 ) on Sunday December 04, 2011 @07:23PM (#38260916)

    Reminds me of the case in Belgium where in the morning providers where blocking and in the afternoon all traffic was directed to [] which is basically the same site.
    And done in such a nice way that people don't even had to do anything.

  • Re:First (I think) (Score:5, Informative)

    by InsightIn140Bytes ( 2522112 ) on Sunday December 04, 2011 @07:30PM (#38260968)
    US is just scared of rest of the world going forward while they're still lacking in last century. They should know - blatant violation of European copyrights was how US got its power and industry where it is to begin with.
  • Re:First (I think) (Score:5, Informative)

    by bzipitidoo ( 647217 ) <> on Sunday December 04, 2011 @08:43PM (#38261484) Journal

    Wrong, wrong, and wrong.

    You talk of products and of counterfeiting. You are once again conflating the material with the immaterial. Although the term "product" does apply to a movie, there are better terms, such as "data". Nor is piracy is the same as counterfeiting. Counterfeiting also means that the origin of a product is being misrepresented, similar to plagiarism. Pirates aren't claiming to be the authors of a Beatles' song.

    You speak of "allowing", as if the default is that copying is hard, and as if some human agency has the power to grant people the ability to make copies, and can take that privilege away anytime. And as if the US has authority over Korea.

    Nor do you know what effect it all has on jobs. For all you know, your way would kill jobs, not create them. Your way certainly would hurt the economy, benefiting a few monopolies a little in exchange for a lot of expense for everyone.

  • Re:FAIL! (Score:3, Informative)

    by AK Marc ( 707885 ) on Sunday December 04, 2011 @09:01PM (#38261642)
    .com is administered by the US and is implicitly US. .us is explicitly US.
  • by shutdown -p now ( 807394 ) on Sunday December 04, 2011 @09:39PM (#38261872) Journal

    RFC 1591 []:

    Each of the generic TLDs was created for a general category of
    organizations. The country code domains (for example, FR, NL, KR,
    US) are each organized by an administrator for that country. These
    administrators may further delegate the management of portions of the
    naming tree. These administrators are performing a public service on
    behalf of the Internet community. Descriptions of the generic
    domains and the US country domain follow.

    Of these generic domains, five are international in nature, and two
    are restricted to use by entities in the United States.

    World Wide Generic Domains:

    COM - This domain is intended for commercial entities, that is
    companies. This domain has grown very large and there is
    concern about the administrative load and system performance if
    the current growth pattern is continued. Consideration is
    being taken to subdivide the COM domain and only allow future
    commercial registrations in the subdomains.

    EDU - This domain was originally intended for all educational
    institutions. Many Universities, colleges, schools,
    educational service organizations, and educational consortia
    have registered here. More recently a decision has been taken
    to limit further registrations to 4 year colleges and
    universities. Schools and 2-year colleges will be registered
    in the country domains (see US Domain, especially K12 and CC,

    NET - This domain is intended to hold only the computers of network
    providers, that is the NIC and NOC computers, the
    administrative computers, and the network node computers. The
    customers of the network provider would have domain names of
    their own (not in the NET TLD).

    ORG - This domain is intended as the miscellaneous TLD for
    organizations that didn't fit anywhere else. Some non-
    government organizations may fit here.

    INT - This domain is for organizations established by international
    treaties, or international databases.

    United States Only Generic Domains:

    GOV - This domain was originally intended for any kind of government
    office or agency. More recently a decision was taken to
    register only agencies of the US Federal government in this

  • Re:First (I think) (Score:4, Informative)

    by GumphMaster ( 772693 ) on Sunday December 04, 2011 @09:50PM (#38261942)

    Until there is some form of international minimum wage established...

    Be careful what you wish for. Many western countries have a minimum wage substantially higher than the US, e.g UK at about USD 9.50/hr, Australia at about USD 15, and US around USD 7.25, and most developing countries have a minimum wage that is essentially zero. Which way do you want to move your US minimum wage, who will oppose it, and what will happen when the bean counters see? If you raise it, US businesses will oppose in force and the bean counters will lay people off to keep the profit margin the same. If you drop it everybody's wage will follow. Which political party will back either option overtly? Ultimately the US doesn't want to move their minimum wage, or even obtain a uniform one, just raise the lower ones to the same level for US benefit.

  • Badly moderated (Score:5, Informative)

    by kiwimate ( 458274 ) on Sunday December 04, 2011 @09:57PM (#38261984) Journal

    1. Read the article. They are counterfeiting in some cases. In other cases, they're charging a fee for access to the pirated movies. Most people here on Slashdot, even if they support piracy, argue that charging for the pirated goods is wrong.

    2. What would you suggest instead of "allowing"? As far as your comment about the US having authority over Korea, again, you should read the article.

    So despite the fact that the sites were targeted at Korean speaking visitors, the websites appear to belong to a Seattle-based company.

    3. I suppose the poster doesn't know for sure what effect it has on jobs, but I posit that you don't either. I could just as easily say for all you know, not doing this and instead allowing the U.S. based piracy that is aimed at Korean audiences will kill jobs.

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