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Posted by on Oct 31, 2012 in Intellectual Property, Internet |

United States: first landmark judgment against the operator of a site links

United States: first landmark judgment against the operator of a site links

As many of you know, the Department of Justice with U.S. Homeland Security has done in recent years various actions against those that link to sporting or copyrighted material. So far it was the seizure of domains pending trial. For several hours, a historic first judgment in the country has set a precedent for the future. The administrator of a site links to streaming of sporting events will be deported to their country of origin with a fine of $ 13,000 to be paid to the NBA, NFL, NHL, WWE and TNA.

The case would begin early this year. Under the so-called Operation Fake Sweep, in February seized several domains belonging to pages of links to streaming of sporting events. Along with the confiscation, the feds arrested Yonjo Quiroa in Michigan. The man was arrested for allegedly operating nine of the seized domains, was jailed pending trial.

None of the sites seized from Quiroa contained copyrighted files, only links to third, popular streaming sites like Justin.tv. A criminal complaint where ICE argued that through these links was able to access the events of NBA, NHL and WWE. A complaint alleging that during 2010 and 2011, raised $ 13,000 for Quiroa ads on their sites.

During the months that Quiroa was under arrest, was denied bail. Later, in August this year, the man denied the possibility of a conviction for a misdemeanor copyright to understand that he would receive a sentence of between 6 and 12 months in prison.

Finally, after nine months, Quiroa has been convicted in a historic verdict. Federal Judge Robert Ellis Quiroa sentence on a charge of infringement of copyright criminals, is ordered to be deported to their country of origin with a fine you have to pay to various sports leagues. $ 13,000, money he allegedly generated revenue the site, which will be divided among NBA, NFL, WWE and TNA.

A verdict, the first against an operator of a binding site streaming sporting events in the United States. Deportation and fine sets a precedent for the future by linking to such content.

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