U.S. authorities moved in today by ripping down 9 separate internet movie websites from the internet due to offering the illegal downloading and viewing of movies currently in theaters.
The domain names of the nine internet movie pirates were seized along with all bank, PayPal and advertising accounts associated with them in an operation called “Operation in Our Sites.”
Amongst the websites that have been shutdown are tvshack.net, movies-link.tv, filespump.com, now-movies.com, planetmoviez.com, thepiratecity.org, zml.com, NinjaVideo.net and NinjaThis.net.
Movie-Links.tv, which hosted some of the latest movies on show including “Sex and the City 2,” “The Karate Kid,” “Toy Story 3,” and “Splice” was one of the most visited websites in the internet world with around 3.3 million visitors every month.
The Manhatten U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said “If your business model is movie piracy, your story will not have a happy ending.” Whether or not this will stop movie piracy from happening altogether is another story.
Do you think that the U.S. authorities were right to shut down the internet movie pirates? Will it encourage you to go and pay to watch a movie at the theater? Join in with the debate in the comments section below.