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Old 10-19-2007, 06:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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It's a sad day for streaming video fans everywhere as news has been reported that TVLinks has been shut down and the owner, a 26yo man from Chelteham in the UK, was arrested.

Though not hosting an actual content himself, and rather merely providing links to where particular titles can be found, he was nonetheless apparently charged for the "facilitation" of copyright infringement.

"Sites such as TV Links contribute to and profit from copyright infringement by identifying, posting, organizing, 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 Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) today.

What makes the charges so odd is that he was again, only providing LINKS to pirated content, and not actually hosting any such material. Can linking really be considered "facilitation?" If I link to TVLinks am I then a co-conspirator?

FACT goes on to revisit the same old diatribe about how piracy is stealing food from form the tables of people who work in the film industry, but with guys like Brad Pitt reportedly getting $20million bucks to make trash like "Babel" who's really robbing who? Couldn't Pitt be paid a little less, say $15 million, and leave that other 5 for the "starving" film crew? I guess not

"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," said FACT's director general Kieron Sharp.

What's even more surprising is that move was part of a bid to crack down on piracy, though all it does is target a middleman who tells you where to go. More importantly, will its demise really compel people to find content legally or to suddenly run down to their local cinema? I think not, and all it means, as usually the case with piracy, is that people will just go elsewhere.

Either way R.I.P. TVLinks, it was nice while it lasted. Maybe once again we have a case where Sweden's the only answer.
TVLinks Shut Down, Owner Arrested!
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Old 10-19-2007, 06:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I used that a lot and i'm from Cheltenham too. Is a knock on the door coming?
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Old 10-19-2007, 06:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I doubt it, I think its bullshit he got arrested for just giving access to the illegal stuff though while the illegal sites remain up and active.
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Old 10-19-2007, 07:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The ironic thing is that I have used it a few times and have actually bought films after seeing them on the site!

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Old 10-19-2007, 07:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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"Since when is it illegal to tell others where a certain thing (legal or illegal) is occurring? Is it then illegal to for me to link to his site? ...This is a dangerous slippery slope. While he maybe contributing to illegal activity, but so is modern technology in the production and distribution of illegal drugs - that doesn't make planes and needles illegal."
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Old 10-19-2007, 08:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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He's gonna get off, they'll settle the **** quietly and let him off the hook, but still try to scare people out of streaming movies.

What im curious to is how they're gonna stop streaming movie piracy, i mean, hell its even easier then limewire, and they cant even crack that!
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Old 10-20-2007, 01:42 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Really sad.
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Old 10-20-2007, 02:22 AM   #8 (permalink)
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They can't charge him, google is predominantly the same thing.
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Old 10-22-2007, 03:44 AM   #9 (permalink)
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****, anyone know any other places i can watch free movies?
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Old 10-22-2007, 04:16 AM   #10 (permalink)
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