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18 July, 2010

U.S. Authorities Shut Down Wordpress Host With 73,000 Blogs

Could this be the beginning of the end? Sure, this was about file sharing and copyright laws, but many people who were doing nothing wrong got swept up with all the others, and now a legal precedent has been set. What's next?

Oh well, we don't advocate anything illegal here but if Backwoods Survival Blog ever disappears suddenly, at least you'll know what happened...

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U.S. Authorities Shut Down Wordpress Host With 73,000 Blogs | TorrentFreak:
"After the U.S. Government took action against several sites connected to movie streaming recently, nerves are jangling over the possibility that this is just the beginning of a wider crackdown. Now it appears that a free blogging platform has been taken down by its hosting provider on orders from the U.S. authorities on grounds of “a history of abuse”. More than 73,000 blogs are out of action as a result.

Hot on the heels of recent threats from Vice President Joe Biden and Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel directed at sites offering unauthorized movies and music, last month U.S. authorities targeted several sites they claimed were connected to the streaming of infringing video material.

‘Operation In Our Sites‘ targeted several sites including TVShack.net, Movies-Links.TV, FilesPump.com, Now-Movies.com, PlanetMoviez.com, ThePirateCity.org, ZML.com, NinjaVideo.net and NinjaThis.net. In almost unprecedented action, the domain names of 7 sites were seized and indications are that others – The Pirate Bay and MegaUpload – narrowly avoided the same fate.

Fears remain, however, that this action is only the beginning, and that more sites will be targeted as the months roll on..."


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