The US Government has shutdown at least 10 websites for illegally streaming sporting events. The crackdown comes with Super Bowl XXLV just four days away. The websites do not stream the content themselves but post links to other illegal websites.
“The illegal streaming of professional sporting events over the Internet deals a financial body blow to the leagues and broadcasters, who are forced to pass their losses off to fans by raising prices for tickets and pay-per-view events,” said Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney in Manhattan. “With the Super Bowl just days away, the seizures of these infringing websites reaffirm our commitment to working with our law enforcement partners to protect copyrighted material and put the people who steal it out of business.”
I take it Bharara doesn’t know Fox is charging $3 million for 30 seconds of commercial time during the Super Bowl… talk about a finical blow!