Sunday, February 6, 2011

Question of the Day: Are You Going to Watch the Super Bowl?

My problem is, I don't have the local channels on stupid Directv (they don't offer them here) and something with the antenna on the dish is screwed up. To watch the local Fox affiliate, I'll have to do it with rabbit ears, which I have one or two sets of, but none of the televisions in the house are digital, so they can no longer receive the local television broadcast signals. I'll need one of those digital converter boxes, but I don't have one.

Online options for watching are not as comfortable, as my computer (desktop) is nowhere near the living room couch. Also, the criminal Feds have recently and without due process of law (no matter what they may tell you) seized more domain names, this time those like (ten were seized altogether) that link to places where you can watch sporting events:

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

The websites, which include and Spain-based, were said to illegally provide access to content from the major professional sports organizations, namely the National Football League, National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League. The sites do not host the pirated sporting content themselves, but instead provide links to other websites where people can access it illegally.

Government officials argue that the sites are not only distributing pirated content illegally, but in the process, are also denting the revenues of the professional sports leagues and broadcasters as well as negatively impacting viewers.

“The illegal streaming of professional sporting events over the Internet deals a financial body blow to the leagues and broadcasters, who are forced to pass their losses off to fans by raising prices for tickets and pay-per-view events,” said Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney in Manhattan. “With the Super Bowl just days away, the seizures of these infringing websites reaffirm our commitment to working with our law enforcement partners to protect copyrighted material and put the people who steal it out of business.”

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Yes, our corporate puppet government once again does the bidding of its real master (not the people, contrary to the propaganda that we live in a "democracy") the capitalist oligarchy, this time in the form of the copyright Nazis. Notice how real criminal Preet Bharara tries to frame the government gangsters theft of domain names as "protecting the fans". Hilariously pathetic!

So, I don't know yet if I'll be watching the Green Bay Packers vs the Pittsburgh Steelers. Will you?

1 comment:

  1. Probably not. It won't be on non-stop, that's for sure. My wife might flip to it every now and then, but I usually have my attention on my computer screen (which I set up in my living room).


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