C/Net is reporting on the effort by Indiana, Indiannpolis, Postal Service and Federal law enforcement (including ICE) along with the efforts in Congress to put people in jail for unauthorized streaming of the big annual sporting event that takes place in February on a rectangular grassy field using a pointed brown ball whose name may never be mentioned that is being held in Indiana this year.
Other press releases from Westwood One (now part of Dial Global) indicate that over 600 radio stations plan to have the Big Game on their radio station this weekend, and typically those contracts do not permit streaming of sporting events by radio stations – the contracts only cover “over the air” broadcasting within the local service area of the station. I fully expect ICE to be spending this weekend looking for Radio Station owners who need to go to federal prison and lose their radio stations for failing to turn off their stream duing the Big Game whose name can not be mentioned.
Curiously, law enforcement seemed to already have the power to seize web sites engaging in copyright and trademark infringement without the need for the new SOPA/PIPA law.
This story actually conflates two unrelated things – one is a man in Michigan who apparently streams the video of sporting events onto the internet (part of the reason I never publish links to radio streams other than those on the station’s own web site) who was shut down. He is clearly a violator of copyright law, but ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) has no power to enforce copyright violation. ICE’s involvement in this story is about catching people trying to import knockoff unauthorized merchandise that contains the intellectual property of the sports organization that owns the rights to the big sporting event whose name cannot be mentioned. Customs has seized a total of 65,262 unauthorized items allegedly worth $6.4 million – which works out to an average of $98 per item, clearly an exaggeration unless someone is putting logos on Chevy Volts – and far exceeding the costs of this invetigation.
For extra reading, here is the testimory from the US Copyright Office about the need to control “Parasite” web sites.
The corporate domination of the Internet is almost complete – not that there should have ever been any doubt that it was coming.