Links site shutdown

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  1. dslmaster

    dslmaster Administrator Staff Member

    TV Links shut down for linking
    And if linking is illegal, how many of us are guilty?
    October 20, 2007 1:42 PM

    The TV Links disclaimer

    According to a report in The Guardian: "A 26-year-old man from Cheltenham was arrested on Thursday in connection with offences relating to the facilitation of copyright infringement on the internet, Fact said."

    The arrest and the closure of the site - - came during an operation by officers from Gloucestershire County Council trading standards in conjunction with investigators from Fact and Gloucestershire Police.

    Fact claims that was providing links to illegal film content that had been camcorder recorded from cinemas and then uploaded to the internet. The site also provided links to TV shows that were being illegally distributed.

    It's a pity the Gloucestershire Police started with such small fry. There are a couple of multibillionaires called Larry Page and Sergey Brin -- the founders of Google -- who provide vast numbers of links to content that is being illegally distributed. Indeed, as everyone knows, they actually host plenty of illegal content on their own video site, YouTube, which has a UK operation.

    Is the message that it's less criminal to host illegal content on YouTube than it is to to link to it from a site such as TV Links? Or is it just that FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft) and the police won't tackle anybody with enough high-powered lawyers to fight back? Is The New Freedom blog correct in saying: "They just have so much money that they have become above the law."

    Of course, there is a difference between building a site around links to content that could be presumed to lack copyright clearance and linking unintentionally from a site set up for a different purpose. However, I'm not a lawyer so I don't know how significant this is. (Is shoplifting OK if you have a proper job but criminal if you're unemployed and starving?)

    It will be interesting to see who FACT picks on next. There are plenty of newspaper journalists who nowadays, as part of their proper jobs, link to YouTube videos and other internet content. It would be amazing if every single bit of material -- some of it "repurposed" -- had full and correct copyright clearance.

    In future, do I risk being thrown in the slammer for linking directly to a YouTube video? What if I just say "go to Google and search for [YouTube xxx yyy]" or whatever? Oh dear, I forgot, Google's illegal so that will have to be closed down.

    Perhaps I am already breaking the law by linking to Google, YouTube, TV Links, Pirate Bay and other sites that link to illegal content because this must also count as contributing to "the facilitation of copyright infringement on the internet" -- and, by the way, I expect you are breaking the law if you link to or even read this story.

    Indeed, if linking is illegal, we might as well shut down the Internet, because there is no practical way anybody can guarantee the legality of what's on the end of any link. Even if you could guarantee it at the time of linking, there's no guarantee it would still be legal less than a second later, or for the rest of time.


  2. KennethM

    KennethM Guest

    Nice article, pero will this be applied in The Philippines din? :lol:
  3. warfab

    warfab Member

    Hindi siguro pero they can go after the companies hosting sites they deem illegal, if US based ang host or in countries wherein the hosting companies can be strong-armed). If they can't go after the owner of the site, they usually go after the company hosting the site.
  4. stanelope

    stanelope Member

    pag merong piracy at eh hindi maiimplement yan sa pilipinas bili lang si totoy ng aruba buba cd's sa quiapo waneptyong gwapa gyud gitalongtalong oh.
  5. Guest

    Guest Guest

    They are alot of infringement cases piles up to youtube and other famost video hosting site. But the usual scape goat the videos are not posted by us. Now youtube, veoh stage6 are so sensitive on their videos on their site. They usuallu shutdown the video within 24 hrs. So people now usually upload video to NON US site like megavideo based on japan and youku and other Asian video hosting site because its harder for them to shutdown them.

    The advantage of hosting this video instead of putting it on torrents because of availability and you can just play it online with DVD quality....

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