ICE Acts Swiftly to Protect NFL

by Shannen W. Coffin

I don’t mean to diminish the importance of intellectual-property rights. The NFL has as much right to protect its product from unauthorized use as any other IP owner. But I wonder whether the priorities of the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement really are where they need to be.  It strikes me that the NBA, the NHL, the NFL, and other victims of copyright infringement have enough resources to protect themselves through the legal process. Yet Politico reports on the recent efforts by the federal government to come to their rescue:

The federal government has seized the Web addresses of ten websites that allegedly livestream sporting and Pay-per-View events online, shutting them down just days before one of the biggest televised sporting events of the year: the Super Bowl.

The U. S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York, working in conjunction with the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency, seized the Web addresses Tuesday. The seizure affidavit was unsealed Wednesday.

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