Wow. No WONDER I couldn't access Tv-links.co.uk today.
TV-LINKS HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN!!
[taken from ohnotheydidn't community in Livejournal]One of the world's most-used pirate film websites has been closed after providing links to illegal versions of major Hollywood hits and TV shows.
The first closure of a major UK-based pirate site was also accompanied by raids and an arrest, the anti-piracy group Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) said today.
A 26-year-old man from Cheltenham was arrested on Thursday in connection with offences relating to the facilitation of copyright infringement on the internet, Fact said. The arrest and the closure of the site - www.tv-links.co.uk - came during an operation by officers from Gloucestershire County Council trading standards in conjunction with investigators from Fact and Gloucestershire Police.
Fact claims that tv-links.co.uk was providing links to illegal film content that had been camcorder recorded from cinemas and then uploaded to the internet. The site also provided links to TV shows that were being illegally distributed.
Visitors to the site could get access to major feature films, sometimes within days of their initial cinema release. Recent links took users to illegal versions of the Disney/Pixar animation sensation Ratatouille as well as to most of this summer's blockbusters.
"Sites such as TV Links contribute to and profit from copyright infringement by identifying, posting, organising, and indexing links to infringing content found on the internet that users can then view on demand by visiting these illegal sites," said a spokesman for Fact.The group's director general Kieron Sharp said TV Links was the first major target in a campaign to crackdown on web piracy.
"The theft and distribution of films harms the livelihoods of those working in the UK film industry and in ancillary industries, as well as damaging the economy," he said. Roger Marles, from Trading Standards said sites such as TV Links allowed people to break UK copyright law.
"The 'users' are potentially evading licence fees, subscription fees to digital services or the cost of purchase or admittance to cinemas to view the films," he added. The British Video Association estimates that at least £459m was lost to the video, film and TV industries due to piracy in 2006.
wtf. now I can't finish watching Psych. And America's Next Top Model. Pfffft.
-Skye Sweetnam's new album, "Sound Soldier" drops on 30/10/2007 and I can't wait because I super adore her songs, but you - and me - can preview her album - yes, her whole album
She totally redefines the phrase "punk princess" - i'm loving her first single "Human" already.
- The Backstreet Boys are back - and this time, they're Kevinless. But they still sound the same! And their album, Unbreakable, has a whole new vibe to it that i'm loving. The album also drops on the 30th, and i'm super excited! Listen to their whole album here
- Sadly, the Britney album is a flop. As much as I love her first single, Gimme More, off her new album, Blackout
again, dropping on the 30th, the rest of her album gets a big boo
from moi. Listen to it here
!Good luck for Econs, y'all. Not that we all need it...