TV-Links Closed, Webmaster in Jail

Posted by Abdel Kadz on Tuesday, November 06, 2007 with 27 comments

This is one of the sites that we used to frequent (and liked) before the IT department denied us access to it. It has been shut down, and its 26-year-old webmaster has been put to jail.

This is just outrageous. The closure and the arrest were done by FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft) because "sites such as TV-Links contribute to and profit from copyright infringement by identifying, posting, organizing, and indexing links to infringing content found on the internet that users can then view on demand by visiting these illegal sites." Profit? The site does not even ask fees from users to view low-quality TV shows or movies. Heck, it does not even have ad banners the last time I checked for new updates. What is more appalling is that TV-Links did not even host any copyrighted materials. What the moderators did was just post links taken from various video-streaming sites like Dailymotion, Veoh, YouTube, Google Video, et al. So why not have these "illegal site" giants raided or closed (and I don’t see it happening) instead of preying on small link sites like TV-Links? They’re probably just making a statement that they’re doing something about piracy when, the fact is, no matter how hard they try, nothing could be done to curb the problem.

I have "indexed" links to "infringing content found on the internet that users can then view on demand" for shows like "Heroes" and "Prison Break." Now what? Arrest me?

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