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TVLinks Shut Down, Owner Arrested

Dope Nose

Jul 16, 2002
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Probably the most popular video streaming site around has been busted by UK authorities.

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 the move was part of an overall strategy 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 is 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.
That sucks, and explained why I wasn't able to get on there last night. I never used it for newer stuff, only stuff that I couldn't find legally, like Beast Wars.

TVlinks wasn't doing anything lillegal

hell if it's been shown on TV, it's in the public domain...it's only illegal if you charge money for it or riped it from a dvd...if it was just from the telly then it's all legal...
Poo. :( I loved tvlinks. I watched it all the time when I was working out.

I hate the argument they use because what about public libraries? They're basically the same thing for books, been around for years and you don't see anyone complaining about the poor starving authors. :cmad:
Isn't arugula a type of lettuce? :huh:
Sure is. Definitely something you would want to make a sturdy bombshelter out of, you know?
I just got introduced to it a few weeks ago and now it's shut down...? That sucks.
Never heard of it before....too late now
Damn. That's why it hasn't been working. That sucks
Sure is. Definitely something you would want to make a sturdy bombshelter out of, you know?

Right. In the arugula bombshelter under the potato. I feel so safe. :yay:
Hmmm ... I think this needs to go in the favorite custom titles thread. :up:
Booo. :( Well I'm sure I'll stumble onto another one.
This is bull****

how can they do that?

Oh well... anyone knows where I can find some other indexing of illegal stuff?

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