US government seizes streaming sites Atdhe, Channelsurfing, more

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In the last 24 hours, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement branch (ICE) have seized several domains belonging to major streaming websites, most of which focused on sports. The following 10 domains were taken down:,,,,,,,, and TorrentFreak called the move a "Super Bowl Crackdown" (this year's games begin on February 6, 2011).

The only connection that these sites have to the US appears to be that they are operated by American companies. This is only a temporary setback, as all the owners of the above sites are determined to continue their services. They have simply started moving their operations to alternative domains, since the actual servers are still intact. It has already begun: is now available at, is now at, has moved to, and has transferred over to

Three months ago, the the DOJ and ICE seized 77 piracy and counterfeit domains. While this seizure doesn't appear (we don't know the full scope) to be as large, it's still quite significant given how popular some of these websites were. Has your browsing behavior been affected?

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