ICE Operation in Our Sites

ICE Operation in Our Sites


As you know, here at Disney our business is driven by investment in creativity and innovation. We’re proud of our employees who work hard every day to develop the most creative content. and tell the most compelling stories. We also recognize the role of copyright and other intellectual property laws in making this continued investment in creativity. These laws help the film and television industry support some 2.5 million american jobs In all 50 states.. Enforcing these laws is critical and allows companies to sustain this investment Assistant Secretary Morton, the Secretary for Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, and Attorney General Eric Holder have shown true dedication to meaningful enforcement of the IP laws that drive creativity and innovation in this country. want to commend them for their efforts, including development of Joint Strategic Plan for IP enforcement American business is under assault from counterfeiters and pirates Every day, seven days a week, criminals are stealing American ideas and products and distributing them over the internet. from counterfeit pharmaceuticals and electronics to pirated movies and software internet crooks are undermining the U.S. economy on a grand scale American jobs, American innovation are being lost – public health, public safety are at risk. Today we announce a long-term effort to turn the table on these thieves. ICE, in coordination with our partners at the Intellectual Property Rights Center is launching Operation In Our Sites. A sustained effort to combat criminal counterfeiting and piracy over the internet. Working with industry, we will systematically target websites that offer counterfeit and pirated products We will seize the websites, prosecute the owners and we will forfeit the illegal proceeds. If a site reappears, so will we. If the criminals move overseas, we will follow. Operation In Our Sites starts today with a series of enforcement actions against websites dedicated to pirated films. We have seized nine domain names of websites that were engaged in criminal theft of american films and TV shows. These sites will now be defunct and controlled by Immigration and Customs Enofrcement. Visitors will get an error message or banner announcing the seizure by authorities, mainly ICE and the Department of Justice. Domain names seized today were offering pirated american films and TV shows on a grand scale. Let me give you some perspective, Moviezlinks.tv had 3.3 million visitors to its site, last month alone. 3.3 million visitors in one month. Together, all the domain names had 6.7 million visitors in a single month. Nowmovies.com went from 17,000 visitors in a month in May, 2009, to 162,000 in May of this year, a nearly ten fold increase in a single year. On June 15th, 37,000 people watched a pirated copy of Sex and City, part two, on TVShack.net. That’s 37,000 viewings for one movie, on one day, on one site. Ninjavideo.net offered a pirated version of Ironman 2, two days before its release in the U.S. I don’t think that we have stopped internet piracy in a day, but this is going to be a sustained effort, We’re going to be at this week after week after week, We know that some of these websites are going to reappear and we are going to be right there with them every step of the way.

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