U.S. Seizes Sports Websites Ahead Of The Super Bowl

By: Mike Sachoff - February 3, 2011

U.S. prosecutors have seized 10 websites that illegally streamed live sporting broadcasts and pay-per-view content over the Internet.

The websites, which were seized Tuesday, as part of an ongoing investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), include atdhe.net, channelsurfing.net, firstrow.net, hq-streams.com, hq-streams.net, ilemi.com, iilemi.com, iilemii.com, rojadirecta.com and rojadirecta.org.


"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 the fans in the form of higher priced tickets and pay-per-view events," said U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara.

"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."

Visitors to these websites are being redirected to a banner that advises them that the domain name has been seized by the New York office of ICE HSI because of criminal copyright violations.


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  • Guest

    Good to see that our government services have their priorities straight- not like we have any more pressing matters in our country than concerns over a commercial industry losing some revenue. Oh so the fans might have to pay more for a ticket?? boohoo.. the tickets are already GROSSLY overpriced. – or does this mean that due to this HUGE victory we’ll see a *reduction* in ticket prices.. umm, no. All we’ve done is preserve the sports industrie’s fat profit margin.

    One day maybe we’ll have a gonvernment that works for the people and not for the special interest groups. it’s still all ’bout money, yo..

  • Guest

    Let me get this straight.

    George W creates “Homeland Security” to protect us against Osama. Now they’re taking people’s property away even before a trial?

    Ya volt, Commandant!

  • JeffConn

    Most of the affected websites have already moved to international domains, outside of HSI’s territory. And other sites have announced Super Bowl streaming, so it’s much ado about nothing.