U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has already made it quite clear that fighting piracy figures prominently on the Obama administration's agenda. Last week, Biden, along with Victoria Espinel, the U.S. intellectual property enforcement coordinator, unveiled the current administration's new strategy on protecting the interests of copyright holders.
The feds have now begun cracking down on movie piracy sites as part of this new strategy. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials on Wednesday seized seven domain names, including Movies-Links.tv, Now-Movies.com, TVShack.net, Filespump.com and Planetmoviez.com.
Funds lodged in 15 bank, Paypal, advertising and investment accounts belonging to the sites’ operators were also seized. But the worst is yet to come for these movie pirates as the authorities have launched a criminal investigation against them.