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FBI and Homeland Security May Be Screwing Up Piracy Seizures; Shocker

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Jeff Roberts for Paid Content:

The FBI and Homeland Security announced the latest seizures in exultant press releases lauding the eighth phase of the “Operation In Our Sites” campaign under which the federal government is seizing the names of websites that sell counterfeit merchandise.

In short, the Feds are cracking down on film piracy by seizing Web sites that seem to have nothing to do with film piracy based on a 1970 anti-drug law. Also, they’re redirecting to a dubious PSA instead of unloading the seized URLs. Here it is.

This is a gross misrepresentation of who piracy hurts. Film piracy hurts the executives at multi-national conglomerates and above-the-line talent with residual contracts. A boom operator? Gimme a break. This distorts the matter to the point of disbelief. They’re screwing it up.

(via Brooks Review.)

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