Bloggers Beware: Government Seizing Sites for Illegal File Sharing

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Bloggers should definitely take note to this post and especially if there’s a lot of music and file sharing going on.  It’s true, sometimes music artists will “give away” certain tracks for free to spark awareness of an upcoming album, but your site may be liable to get seized if your’re doing anything more than posting and sharing a few songs.

Best thing to do is keep it legal and direct songs for download to sites like iTunes, Amazon.com, etc.  For videos, make sure it’s official from webcos like Vevo, Hulu, etc.  If you post commercial content on Youtube without permission, it’ll most likely be removed by them anyway.  Anyway, here’s the excerpt/article from a popular blog called BoomBox.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a division of the Department of Homeland Security, has been cracking down on illegal downloading. In the past month, it has seized the domain names owned by two hip-hop websites: OnSmash.com and RapGodfathers.com. The sites, just two of 82 shuttered, are part of “Operation in Our Sites v. 2.0,” an initiative aimed at combating counterfeiting and piracy, as well as sites that participate in online file-sharing.

“Intellectual property crimes are not victimless,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement released on Nov. 29. “The theft of ideas and the sale of counterfeit goods threaten economic opportunities and financial stability, suppress innovation and destroy jobs.”