Firstrowsports among 16 domains seized in government crackdown on illegal streams

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Don't drop the SOPA.

In case you thought the "Anonymous" hackers were the only ones taking control of websites, the United States Government has flexed its muscle in a recent crackdown on illegal video streams among popular websites such as firstrowsports.tv.

Yahoo! News has the report:

Three days before Super Bowl XLVI, U.S. prosecutors said they seized 16 websites that illegally streamed live sports and pay-per-view events over the Internet, and charged a Michigan man with running nine of those websites.

The defendant charged in the case is Yonjo Quiroa, 28, who faces one count of criminal infringement of a copyright.

Prosecutors said Quiroa, also known as Ronaldo Solano, operated his websites from his home in Comstock Park, Michigan, prior to his Wednesday arrest, receiving at least $13,000 from online merchants who advertised with him.

Online piracy has been a hot button issue in recent weeks thanks to the anti-piracy bill SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), which caused a public outcry for digital freedom and prompted a few well-documented attacks from vengeful hackers.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was a staunch supporter of SOPA, and recently sent a letter to Congress outlining the damage illegal video streams have inflicted on Zuffa's bottom line.

As a result, hackers took control of the UFC.com website on two separate occasions and released personal information on promotion president Dana White, which later turned out to be a case of mistaken identity.

The feds have shut down one of the more popular destinations for illegal feeds. Outside of inconveniencing a few chiselers who don't want to pay for the UFC 143: "Diaz vs. Condit" pay-per-view event this weekend, does anyone have a problem with this latest development?

Why or why not?

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