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Sports fans get a virtual pat down

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(Read caption) The Edmonton Oilers faced the Los Angeles Kings in an NHL game in Edmonton, Alberta, on Feb. 2. The National Hockey League was among the sports leagues that were allegedly victimized by website that illegally streamed their events.

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office shut down ten internet sites for allegedly live streaming copyrighted sporting events.

“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,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.

Visitors to the site, instead of being able to watch a sporting event (real or fake) will be greeted with “This domain has been seized by ICE – Homeland Security Investigations.”

It appears that the same folks that are patting you down at the airport are making sure you don’t “steal” any content from the major sports leagues and wrestling confederations.

No one at ICE is paying attention to Thomas Jefferson who said “He who received an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me.”

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