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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 masternerdguy ( 2468142 ) on Sunday December 04, 2011 @06:44PM (#38260548)
    I agree that the Korean sites were in the wrong and should have been taken down, but is ICE really the right group to do this crap? Isn't there some kind of international thing that should be handling this?
  • Re:First (I think) (Score:5, Interesting)

    by failedlogic ( 627314 ) on Sunday December 04, 2011 @07:06PM (#38260742)

    The great American companies complaining about IP problems are happily headquarted in tax safe havens. They get the protections of American law and Washington policymakers while paying a minimal amount of tax to the American government.

  • All the Images (Score:4, Interesting)

    by pgn674 ( 995941 ) on Sunday December 04, 2011 @07:27PM (#38260948) Homepage

    I gathered all 10 of the banners used in the 377 seized domains, and uploaded them here: DOJ Seized Domain Notices - Paul Nickerson - Picasa Web Albums []

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

    by AK Marc ( 707885 ) on Sunday December 04, 2011 @08:56PM (#38261588)
    Nothing. The only thing to do at this point is to take up arms. I'm a pacifist kind of guy, so I just got residency elsewhere and moved. I'll be a citizen elsewhere soon enough, and not be necessarily tied to the sinking ship of the US. I'm just hoping the rest of the world can route around the economic damage that is the US.
  • Re:First (I think) (Score:3, Interesting)

    by fsckmnky ( 2505008 ) on Monday December 05, 2011 @02:56AM (#38263374)

    You talk of products and of counterfeiting. You are once again conflating the material with the immaterial.

    Material possessions, are protected by law, from theft, as copyrighted intellectual property, is protected by law, from piracy. There is no conflation. These two different types of property have in common the protection of law, although one has physical form while the other does not.

    Although the term "product" does apply to a movie, there are better terms, such as "data".

    Better [for you] in this case, because it allows you to justify the transgressions you commit when depriving the creators of the products you pirate compensation. Data, as in, formless, random, data, or data as in publicly available data, are not subject to copyright. Collections of data, including public data such as a phone book or other works of reference, are in fact subject to copyright.

    You speak of "allowing", as if the default is that copying is hard,

    No, I speak of allowing, as in, the creator of the original work has granted you rights for its use, or not. While you are busy getting stoned and redefining the terms used throughout the legal system to justify your own selfish behavior, you might some day get lucky and stumble upon the fact that the rules of the system are designed to protect productive behavior and the means of production, as opposed to, shifting the balance of protections to consumers such as yourself, which would result in wasted consumption of resources.

    and as if some human agency has the power to grant people the ability to make copies

    That would be the lawful owner of the original work. Just as you may grant someone use of the computer that you incurred an expense to acquire, the creators of original works incur expenses and have lawful protections concerning their ability to recoup said creation expenses. Once again, the rules are designed to promote and protect production, and minimize consumption for consumption sake.

    Nor do you know what effect it all has on jobs.

    If a person such as your self, sitting at home, smoking weed, plays video games all day, you wont be out in the world creating products, performing services, operating a business, and creating jobs. Im well aware of the destructive affects of the illegal behavior you advocate, regardless of your failed attempt to redefine all the terms for selfish purposes.

    For all you know, your way would kill jobs, not create them.

    It's not "my" way. Oopsy, I believe some transference is occurring here.

    Your way certainly would hurt the economy

    So the last 200 years of successful policy and data, because you don't agree with it, is completely invalid, because your *new* way, certainly is going to work. Nice try Einstein. If only the world would give you everything and treat you like the supreme ruler and intelligent singularity you know you are.

God made the integers; all else is the work of Man. -- Kronecker