TV LINKS was Shut Down by MPAA

TVLINKS – an awesome link site was shut down by MPAA and forced to relocate to a server in Netherlands. From their website:

TVLINKS has been forced to switch data center’s from MPAA threats. Now we need your help. Please consider donating. Apparently it is now illegal to link to a website that displays illegal content. But what about the sites that are actually housing the video uploads? Oh wait, they’re owned by Google, and sites like YouTube have already paid off the MPAA to turn their head.

Yep, their crime was to linking to copyrighted material hosted on YouTube, Google Video and similar websites. Seriously – all the copyright owners need to do is go to straight to the source and send them a DMCA lawyergram. Hell, this is easier than dealing with torrent sites because each of this videos is hosted by a corporate entity! But I guess it is just easier to bully the little guy.

I really liked this website because it allowed me to catch up on Scrubs episodes that I missed (yeah, ever since Comedy Central started airing it I have been addicted to it!) and allowed me to check out different anime series. Instead of downloading a whole season via torrent, I could just watch a single episode to see if I liked it. TVLINKS was nice because it would organize the listings by show and season and tag the links with the correct titles and episode numbers. It was much more convenient than searching the video sites and trying to find the episode you need. Meh…

Go donate if you can. I hope they will be back online soon.

Update 11/24/2006 03:30:39 PM

Apparently there are two existing mirrors of that site:

http://tvlinks.50webs.org/ and
http://www.tv-links.co.uk

There is some shady stuff going on with their host apparently. Don’t donate. See the comments for details.

Update 11/24/2006 07:49:27 PM

Matt found another mirror/copycat site here. I have to admit that I’m totally confused by this whole situation now. Anyone knows what is the deal with all of these sites?

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86 Responses to TV LINKS was Shut Down by MPAA

  1. sin UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Hi I run the tv-links.co.uk mirror the main servers was only take off line, Please DO NOT DONATE!!! the current host from what we can see if trying to exploit the normal user

    see http://tvlinks.50webs.org/ for details

    and http://www.tv-links.co.uk for show :D

    Sin

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  2. John UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    I thought they relocated once before! Well, now that they’re moving to the Netherlands, does this mean we get it back? In the meantime, you could always use peekvid though.

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  3. Matt` UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    aww crud, I liked that site (although Dailymotion itself is the greatest and all link sites be mere cataloguers :wink:)

    But that was definitely one of the better links sites (luckily I copied all the Scrubs links to a document on my pc, being similarly addicted, and the South Park, Family Guy, Futurama and Simpsons links I got from Dailyepisodes.com after the guy had decided to stop running the site but before it was actually taken down – he put an sql database up for download)

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  4. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Thanks for the info Sin! I updated the post to reflect your comments.

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  5. Matt` UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    hmm.. I forgot just how many shows are linked to from tv-links
    accordingly I’d like to update what I said earlier to include an appropriate amount of praise for tv-links (long may it live :))

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  6. Matt` UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    http://www.yourtvlinks.com/

    @sin, is that one of yours as well? It appears to have the same links, theyre arranged into the same columns (shows, cartoons, animé) but the rest of the design is kinda different

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  7. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Matt – that’s a good find. I’m totally confused now as to which website is the original, which ones are mirrors, and whatnot.

    Sin, could you give us the scoop here? What is the deal with these TV sites? Are you guys just mirroring each other for redundancy, or what?

    Matt – you got the Scrubs addiction too? Heh… Few of us over here started watching it lately and we all are loving it.

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  8. Matt` UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    hehe.. Scrubs appeals to the surreal side of my sense of humour, the janitor is the best on that score – very weird but very funny

    I seem to be increasingly able to feed TV addictions through the computer, which makes things much easier because on the internet things dont have to run to a schedule

    South Park I download, same for Family Guy, Futurama I recently watched all the ones I hadn’t seen on TV via Dailymotion. The Simpsons, I did the same – saw all the ones I’ve missed, but for the new ones I either need to find a good streaming site (Dailymotion appears to be suffering from a case of the copyright nasties) or download from various sources

    hehe.. anything is available on the net if you look hard enough :D

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  9. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Janitor rules! Btw, I don’t think anyone in that hospital even knows his name. :P

    I get my Familly Guy and Futurama fix from Adult Swim. It’s the adult cartoon block that airs from 10pm till dawn on Cartoon Network. They show So every night they show at least 1 Futurama, and 1 Familly Guy episode.

    Heh… If you give me a quote, or a frame from one of those shows I will probably be able to tell you which episode it was from.

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  10. Matt` UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    hmm.. sounds like a challenge to me, now I must think of a fiendishly difficult quote that shall never be identified, eveeeer!!! mwoahahahaha!

    I can do a similar thing with South Park – I can pin down most (memorable) quotes to the episode it was in, in some cases also the person or what was going on at the time

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  11. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    I should be able to do that with South Park too. In fact South Park/Futurama/Familly Guy references entered the common language for me and my brother.

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  12. Maximo UNITED STATES Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Hello all! Anyone know of any live US TV websites for watching live football games, tv shows, etc?

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  13. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Maximo, check out TVU – I think you might get ESPN on that. I was able to get Comedy Central, HBO, Cartoon Network and etc..

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  14. movchannel ISRAEL Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Thanks for the info! There also another site that has some of their links:
    http://www.movchannel.com

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  15. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Thanks!

    Btw, the uk version seems to be working fine so far:

    http://www.tv-links.co.uk/

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  16. Sin UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    @ Luke, sorry for the slow reply :S the current TV streaming news,

    1, FOX have send alluc a legal threat

    “I have been receiving mail from several lawyers lately…
    FOX , Paramount pictures have threatened us to start lawsuits against us.
    After some discussions with my lawyer we decided that we have to take down links to content owned by these companies.
    ” read more at there site.

    This has caused alluc to remove the following shows, oh speaking with Fink I’ve also decided to removed the listed show (well for the time being anyway)

    24 Hours
    American Dad
    Angel
    Arrested Development
    Bones
    Borat
    Braveheart
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    Cheaper By the Dozen
    Dark Angel
    Eragon
    Family Guy
    Firefly
    Futurama
    Garfield A Tail of Two Kitties
    Girls Next Door ( playboy mansion )
    How I Met Your Mother
    Ice Age The Meltdown
    John Tucker Must Die
    Like Mike 2
    My Name is Earl
    Night at the Museum
    Office Space
    Phone Booth
    Prison Break
    Super Trooper
    The Hills Have Eyes
    The Omen
    The Ringer
    The Simpsons
    The X Files
    Titanic
    Walk The Line
    WKRP in Cincinnati
    X-Men
    X-Men The Last Stand

    2, Lots and Lots of mirrors or copy cats sites have sprung up, to be honest I’m not bothered, more distribution means it’ll be harder to close down.

    3, TV Links will be re-launching our website. New features, but still keeping in mind the usability, non of the 6 clicks to get an episode.

    4. Peekvid are re-designing there site.

    I think there is more news but I can’t remember, if to comes back to me I’ll post here.

    Thanks

    Sin – Tv-links.co.uk

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  17. Rasse FINLAND Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Ok, I hate this. Wtf are they shutting down thewse sites for? Damn, most of these shows probably never air in my country, and won’t be on DVD either. So should I just forget about them?? And my connection is too slow for dl full torrents etc. If the shut all of these sites, I’ll still NEVER buy ANY of their stupid DVDs!! GRRR!

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  18. james UNITED STATES Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Movies Directories are full of deadlinlks, i prefer http://www.vidjay.com/ vidjay.com

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  19. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux says:

    Hmm… I don’t exactly see what vidjay really does. It seems to provide search links for various services such as video sites, torrent sites and etc. Doesn’t seem very usefull yet – it does the same thing as me searching for the movie separately on each webiste.

    And it requires almost as many clicks to do it. Now if it pulled and aggregated the data internally somehow and presented me with digest it could be worth while.

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  20. Mick AUSTRALIA Mozilla Firefox Mac OS says:

    So, anyone have an update on what’s going on with tv-links.co.uk and assorted mirrors?

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  21. Illusion UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    As of just the other day forum.tv-links.co.uk is officially down: A) for some unknown reason, B) for some unknown reason, c) for maintenance, or d) Raided by MPAA or some other butt pirate organization.

    I’m pinging the server now, and running some diagnostics to see if I can contact the forums, but I don’t know whats going.

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  22. Mitch AUSTRALIA Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Hmmm the site and the mirrors mentioned before are down… i havent tried the forums but im guessing thats gone to…

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  23. Redmoney UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Yea its really lame that they are down right now, I keep checking but it seems grim… I tried pinging them eariler to no avail. Just stay hopefull that it will be back :)

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  24. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    I just checked and http://forums.tv-links.co.uk/ seems to be up and running. At least for me. Whatever was going on, it was not permanent.

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  25. Sin UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Hi All,

    We had dns and server problems all happened on the same day!! That’ll teach me for having a weeks holiday :)

    All sort now :D

    Thanks
    Sin [Tv-links]

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  26. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux says:

    Murphy’s law – it never fails. In my experience most server problems occur 20 minutes after I leave work on Friday, especially on a weeks when I take the Monday off. :P

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  28. Nado FRANCE Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    If TV Links goes down, the next to be nailed by the MPAA will be FanPop.com. Although the site is for TV and movie fans of any kind, it does have a specific directory of links pointing to copyrighted contents and another one that regroups embedded movies. Anyway, there also are two great blogs: http://www.jonhs.net/freemovies and venividi.blogsome.com.

    I don’t think the MPAA could find a way to get around this new big problem, except trying to find another business model.

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  29. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux says:

    [quote comment="5084"]I don’t think the MPAA could find a way to get around this new big problem, except trying to find another business model.[/quote]

    Agreed. Especially since going after link aggregation site is a horrible waste of resources. They would be much better off going against dailymotion and all these places where the videos are hosted. But I guess they can’t do that because those sites always comply with DMCA claims and take down infringing content when asked…

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  30. Nado FRANCE Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Maybe they can. After all, YouTube, DailyMotion, Veoh and probably several others clearly say users grant them the right to use their uploaded materials to whatever they want. Video share community take down copyrighted videos, but as they’re the owner and the ruler, they need to take identify the illegal content by themselves. And the problem is that many illegal videos aren’t easy to spot.

    Besides this, there’s another problem to rule. How long a video needs to be before turn into an “illegal” uploaded content? Many trailers are 3-minute long. But if you break a 150-minute regular movie into 50 smaller video samples, link aggregators can sum them all and the whole movie still remains available.

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  31. SR386 UNITED STATES Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Man what a joke! Don’t know what the deal is with this YouTVpc site is all about but Peekvid
    doesn’t install any software at all that I have seen. Not to mention it only provides links to sites like YouTube who HOST the content so where does the MPAA get off attacking some site just listing links ??? Why not hit at the heart of the matter and go after the sites that allow uploads of this “illegal” content rather than some little linking site who’s only profit is from advertising not through sales or subscriptions even to their site?
    If the content was UPLOADED and STORED on YouTube and other same type sites isn’t that where the attack should be directed? Sounds to me like they have a big problem but are scared to go after the real criminals, the people who UPLOAD and or STORE that content on their servers! It’s like they want to kill the birds
    because they didn’t eat enough bugs to keep their garden pest free if you ask me…
    Just a little more than slightly moronic in my opinion. I have links to other sites on the net
    and I’d be pretty upset if one of those sites wasn’t right, but to hold me liable for something they have would really tick me off and I’d be suing for anything and everything I could get even if it was a loosing battle on my end just to make this point, “You don’t kill the messenger for bringing you bad news”!
    Find the actual source and rip out the heart of the problem and leave the people just trying to make a living alone! If linking is a crime then we’re all in big trouble out here on the net.
    I can’t ever remember being on any site that doesn’t have outside and 3rd party links to go to and I can’t hold those sites liable for the content on the links sites outside theirs, how would that be possible? I have been to a lot of sites that tried to stick me with viruses, trojans, worms, bad scripts, oh heck an endless list of problems out here attacking me but I never held a site responsible unless they purposely sent me to that bad link like PCH did once to a site that tried to breach my browser security, I complained and they ditched that advertising company almost immediately!
    Maybe the MPAA should rethink what it’s doing before making it’s self look pretty damn stupid!

    Peace Out!
    SR386

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  32. Nado FRANCE Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Doesn’t matter if the movie is hosted on YouTube or in China. The real question here is : Is it illegal to hotlink to some copyrighted materials? And I guess the MPAA will be using this flaw to attack Peekvid.

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  33. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux says:

    [quote comment="5178"]Doesn’t matter if the movie is hosted on YouTube or in China. The real question here is : Is it illegal to hotlink to some copyrighted materials?[/quote]

    I don’t think it’s illegal. But it is certainly in the gray area where you may or may not get in trouble. It really depends on how good your lawyer is, and how well the judge understands the internet, and technology in general.

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  34. Nado FRANCE Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Luke, I agree. For me too, it’s not illegal and it shouldn’t be. Million bloggers hotlink to each other. Even newspapers use it. But the court has to rule on how far Peekvid intends to lead its visitors to online piracy by hotlinking to those resources. And as a matter of fact, they’ve built the Keepvid service for everyone to download flash-based videos. Both sites are not clearly linked, but it’s easy to check they’re made by the same company.

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  35. SR386 UNITED STATES Internet Explorer Windows says:

    keepvid is NOT owned by the same person as Peekvid!
    I know the OWNER of Peekvid!
    Opps someone got some misinformation….

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  36. Nado FRANCE Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    OK. Funny one.

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  37. Hard2Find CANADA Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    I’m SICK of hearing about lawsuit after lawsuit filed by the MPAA…friggin’ bureaucrats trying to take yet another dollar from my paycheck. “If you don’t pay for cable, and sit through all their commercials, or pay to rent or buy a DVD, you’re not allowed to watch this. SCREW YOU! Try and stop me! Shut down all the sites! But you should have learned from the Napster war: we will ALWAYS find a way! Get with the program, MPAA! We aren’t interested in giving you any more money! Before the Net was born, information was free. Going to the movies was maybe ten bucks, and you could rent movies for three. Now, the rental is ten, and, in some theaters, you have to pay $30 just to get in the door! Guess what? Information is still free, and the Net is the provider. Send me a threat, Mister MPAA, and watch me laugh my @$$ off at you, copyright 2007 by Hard2Find!

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  38. boxsweeper UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    hey hard2find what kind of method do you use to keep yourself in a low radar… and what website do you own? mines http://www.boxsweeper.com

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  39. Sin UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    hard2find, I wouldn’t bother that site will be down in a day or two! Trust me!!

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  40. Scissorman CANADA Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Speaking of lawsuits, I am the owner of moviethis.com and here is what i got from the lawyers representing the MPAA. I took down all my streaming movie links and entire content section of movies.

    http://www.moviethis.com/v2/e107_plugins/forum/forum_viewtopic.php?977 .0

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  41. Sin UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Scissorman, Sorry to see another sites been hit, I heard about your problems a few days ago, also Alluc was slapped with the same earlier this week if I remember. Personally I’d move your site off US soil, it’s asking for trouble and knowing godaddy they’ll close you down! I’d also move away from godaddy I’ve heard stories of them suspending domains and not allowing transfer.
    When it comes to the Law, I’ve no idea what country you’re in, as you already know the law changes from country to country. Interestingly the MPAA letter doesn’t actually state what section of the copyrights law you are in violation off!
    If you need any help feel free to send me a mail :)

    Sin

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  42. Luke UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Wow, this sucks. I fucking hate DMCA. But as Sin said, I wonder how much legal weight is behind this letter. They don’t specify the exact paragraph of the law – they just throw around general threats.

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  43. George CANADA Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    I just found another mirror: http://www.movies-on-demand.tv

    Hope, you guys like it, I think its a new site so give it a while and the movies will start flowing like tvlinks. I think they are also moving their servers to Netherlands.

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  44. Steve James CANADA Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    found something similar – http://www.moviesdesk.com

    is this also owned by tv-links?

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  45. blank UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    so if i were thinking about starting one of these sites, what host should i use?

    and when they say move your site out of the us, it just means the host, not where the person lives, right?

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  46. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux says:

    Well, definitely not a US based one. It’s really hard to pick since every country in the world seems to be eager to kiss MPAA’s ass. Sweden perhaps? PriateBay had a pretty good luck so far if you don’t count the illegal raid, and unlawful seizure of property by the authorities some time ago.

    Meh… Maybe fucking Sealand: http://www.havenco.com/. They can actually sell you hosting plans directly from Sealandweb.com

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  47. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    TV links is dead. Long live all the other sites like it.

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  49. Andrew UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    This is just stupid. Earlier said, paying $30 just to get in the freakin’ door is ridiculous – so is paying $20 dollars for a DVD. I have a Netflix account, and that’s great for old movies and some new ones, but I must say it is easier and far more practical to view it online for free.

    The foundation of the US is freedom – well, it’s bullshit like DCMA and the MPAA that are contributing to the fall of democracy as we know it – Comcast, a very popular ISP in the US was found ‘favoring’ upload and download speeds for certain websites.

    The Internet is nothing but numbers and wiring, and was developed for the fast and efficient sharing of files (P2P anyone?) among professors. It has now grown to one of the leading industries of our day, and I’m damn proud to be in on it. But every time I set up a new site, for example a Halo based browser game – Microsoft just beefed up their copyright rules, and I have to post a whole paragraph in every footer, and as a designer makes me want to stop designing period. I’m only 15, and yet they have loopholes to send me to federal prison for not following copyright law.

    And that’s my 2 Cents worth.

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  50. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Btw, TV-links was shut down and it’s creator arrested. It’s a sad day for the interwebs. :(

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  51. ghostgun88 SWITZERLAND Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    man this sucks, godamn right wing conservative butt pirates first they decide to make our beloved magic mushrooms illegal now they want to shut down a harmless site like tv links, our freedom is at stake!!!

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  53. Gary UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    This is going to be a landmark case. FACT have picked on the smallest fish in the sea and may be using this case to push through a precedent. tv-links.co.uk probably do not have access to legal resources which youtube and Google have, thererfore it may be a easy prosecution for FACT.

    Please consider support these guys, we have started a ChipIn to raise funds to assist in their legal defence. This case is about linking, what can you link to and what can’t you. This issue should recieve proportional debate as it affects us all. tv-links.co.uk did not reach 182 in the Alexa charts on their own, they had users and millions of them.

    Perhaps, we could all support them with more than just our blog posts.

    Please consider supporting tv-links.co.uk’s case with more than just our blog posts:

    http://humanopinion.org/support_for_tvlinks

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  54. Joseph UNITED STATES Internet Explorer Windows says:

    TV-links.co.uk was the best website that i have ever been on. It contained so many shows that were hard to find. These were not just taken of the screen. They had thier copyright! Now what even if i go to youtube or google or a website that contains video does that mean that i am doing something illegal? I believe this is just a big conspiracy. And if anyone wishes to join me on protesting this issue contact us Joe and Nikki at either Goseph30@yahoo.com or cityofdelusionxx@gmail.com

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  55. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux says:

    @Gary – thanks for the link. I will post it in the other thread also.

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  56. Hate to bring up such an old topic, but TV Links has been officially closed again by the MPAA – I’m guessing it stands for Movie Protection something something.. or.. something.. I call it a piece of sh!t.. But, that doesn’t hide the reality of which TV Links, and it’s mirror hosts has been shut down again. If I wasn’t in this money drout (loss of job, facing criminal charges of a certian nature), I would donate all the money I could to TV Links to keep it up and running. It shocks me to see that MPAA and other foundations actually try to attack websites that only PROVIDE the URL’s, instead of those who HOST the URL’s, like Veoh, Google, and others. A short warning to those using BitTorrent, or the like.. There will be a new Online Contract Negotiation process going on that will prevent further use of Torrent Files, and such programs (robot servers, is what is known by them) will record frequent online traffic on most popular torrent files and stop such torrent downloading to happen, along with closing down websites that provide Torrent File Downloading. Again, this is a shock to me, and probably a shock to those who are used to download Torrent Files.. So, let us hackers.. I mean, regular people stand up and fight against this! I will provide a website later with this information as it comes to be, but for now.. use Google!

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  57. s8ntnick UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    [quote comment="6642"]Hate to bring up such an old topic, but TV Links has been officially closed again by the MPAA – I’m guessing it stands for Movie Protection something something.. or.. something.. I call it a piece of sh!t.. But, that doesn’t hide the reality of which TV Links, and it’s mirror hosts has been shut down again. If I wasn’t in this money drout (loss of job, facing criminal charges of a certian nature), I would donate all the money I could to TV Links to keep it up and running. It shocks me to see that MPAA and other foundations actually try to attack websites that only PROVIDE the URL’s, instead of those who HOST the URL’s, like Veoh, Google, and others. A short warning to those using BitTorrent, or the like.. There will be a new Online Contract Negotiation process going on that will prevent further use of Torrent Files, and such programs (robot servers, is what is known by them) will record frequent online traffic on most popular torrent files and stop such torrent downloading to happen, along with closing down websites that provide Torrent File Downloading. Again, this is a shock to me, and probably a shock to those who are used to download Torrent Files.. So, let us hackers.. I mean, regular people stand up and fight against this! I will provide a website later with this information as it comes to be, but for now.. use Google![/quote]

    now this is my question. i understand what you are referring too, but with the online contract negotiation under way what would happen to sites such

    as http://www.dattebayo.com/,

    myspace.com ,

    http://www.mininova.org/

    and a huge supplier of anime http://www.crunchyroll.com/

    since myspace uses urls and host anime what would be the outcome

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  58. s8ntnick UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    i just do not agree with MPAA. hosting old movies and anime’s is not a crime anime such as bleach, naruto elfen lied, are or were on (tv), it just so happens that since i live in the united states i am not able to watch the newest episodes that come out earlier in japan. and are in Japaneses thats why i get a site the subs the anime and watch it

    i (pay) for high speed internet through *comcast*it is the same for paying to watch regular television with a service provider.i expect to be allowed to watch (tv) on my laptop.

    granted that bittorrent sites do allow us to gain access to free movies but honestly if the movie is good enough your still gonna by the movie, look at mp3 with sites such as limewire. or back then napster. i mean its just so easy to get access but i understand that the movie/music industry feelings in some shape of form i mean before the internet, sales of movies and cds
    were to me larger than they are now,but it is there fault too,sites such as myspace, facebook,and other sites. artist put there music on their and poof there goes the neighborhood

    time of beta max and just going online to get email is over with, with new technology comes new terms of agreements that both sides must understand, we stream because it doesn’t come on our countries or is two years two late. personally i cant stand American anime in the first place their voice imitation’s just suck

    i feel that if they want us to stop then give us channels on our tv to watch them on, with subs included, and i don’t mean channels like cartoon network which has useless old anime episodes that are a year too late

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  59. Aaron UNITED KINGDOM Internet Explorer Windows says:

    I would have a look at http://www.repeats.tv to find some shows.

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  60. i think it’s totally unfair…!! he wasn’t hosting, just linking and that’s not illegal… Anyway, there are lots or other sites. for example, i foun the best replacement: http://www.sidereel.com they have all the tv series, movies and music… and there is also stage 6 or dailymotion. Plenty of alternatives..!! can`t stop us..! LOL

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  61. SoulAssassin GERMANY Internet Explorer Windows says:

    How long, before someone who linked CR-Material, stored or even hostet it (The illegal files on private computers worldwide must stack up to trillions) and got his life ruined by those lawyer-agencies will turn into a bomb-wired maniac?
    There are lawyers out there who basicly make a living out of sending thousands of letters about copiright-violation to private persons and small webistes. Always to those ones who can’t afford star-lawyers and get so scared that they normaly pay.
    In a few years the army of people who got f***ed by them will be quite large.
    I’m not suggesting any violence. I don’t need to. It will come anyway sooner or later.
    The Internet is a powerful medium and they are trying to bring it under their control, so they can exploit it for their own profit, so they can afford an even bigger house/car/etc.
    At some point they have to be stopped or we will pay for every kilobyte we download somewhere.

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  62. Alissa UNITED STATES Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Whoa, this came as a complete shocker to me. This website was literally the only place to find farscape episodes, and (as we all know from reading the above) it only linked to obscure sources. I’m almost in tears over this. This bullshit corporate machine is really beginning to irk me. I’ve always stood up for capitalism (and still do) but having this fucking scum-ass operation go down only 3 days after seeing Corporation (seriously, go rent it) is hitting the message home. Have faith. Keep building up sites, keep fighting this, there is no way they can get to everyone. Too bad they had to get the best one first, eh?

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  63. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    @Alissa – always nice to see a fellow Scaper!

    Btw, the torrents of all 4 seasons are out there. That might be a viable alternative :)

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  64. Jack UNITED STATES Internet Explorer Windows says:

    noooooooo. damn i loved that site. stupid bloody law

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  65. Oliver UNITED KINGDOM Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Don’t they realise that closing down these sites is a waste of time?

    More will spring up, be shut down, come back, be shut down again – a cycle that’s wasting money that could be used for much more worthwile projects.

    For Christs sake, I’m 14, and I can realise that for every head they cut off, another 3 will pop up at them.

    Leave it be, please >__

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  66. Vin CANADA Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    K it’s pretty retarded to shut down these individual sites. It’s a load of bull and waste of money. Unless they start seriously censoring the internet, there is no way to stop more sites from popping up whenever one goes down, short of giving the site owners a life sentence in jail. The money used to shut down these sites would be better used to fund medical research or donated to help third world countries where people are dying of starvation and strife every day.

    Screw wasting money on shutting down great sites that make people happy.

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  67. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    @Vin – or they could take all this money they spend on this stupid shit, and give it to the artists. I mean, they tell us artists are starving and etc, so why not take the fucking anti-piracy budget, divide it up and send it to the artists? Oh, wait – that would actually require them to give a fuck about the talent. They don’t – all they are thinking about is their wallets.

    Oh, and perfect example is that whole OiNK / BOiNK thing. They raided and shut down the OiNK BT tracker few days ago. Now Pirate Bay announced they are relaunching the tracker under the name BOiNK.

    Resistance is futile. Natural human desire to share data will always persevere.

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  68. fnuz BELGIUM Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    FnuZ is a dedicated search engine for free streaming movies, animes, cartoons, series

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  69. jude CANADA Internet Explorer Windows says:

    mpaa sucks because they shut down my favourite site to watch all my favourite shows now they gone to far i must bring it back.

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  70. ri UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Here’s a good tv-links replacement http://tvshack.net/ good to watch movies and tvshows online

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  71. I dont even want to bother doing this anymore – too many issues with legal, ive had several court dwellings with mpaa and the donations and money generated from my site were abundant but then it started coming out of my own pocket, and for giving a free service? My suggestion is for whoemever to think of starting a site like this…….. reconsider respectfully and just find a site to watch movies. Yes the revenue was rather luceritive in the beginning but when saught by the big wigs, they end up nailing you in the ass. RIP Moviethis.com – minor updates when i can, but not much anymore…….

    MPAA even got around the fact that I made the site into a community site which falls under the “Safe Harbour Act” ….. they found their own loopholes.

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  72. [quote comment="7505"]I dont even want to bother doing this anymore – too many issues with legal, ive had several court dwellings with mpaa and the donations and money generated from my site were abundant but then it started coming out of my own pocket, and for giving a free service? My suggestion is for whoemever to think of starting a site like this…….. reconsider respectfully and just find a site to watch movies. Yes the revenue was rather luceritive in the beginning but when saught by the big wigs, they end up nailing you in the ass. RIP Moviethis.com – minor updates when i can, but not much anymore…….

    MPAA even got around the fact that I made the site into a community site which falls under the “Safe Harbour Act” ….. they found their own loopholes.[/quote]

    Pardon the spelling……… I drink whiskey as a hobby now

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  73. Sin UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Moviethis.com out of interest what was the loophole they used? I’m gathering info for my case, it would be good to have a chat! you can get me on
    tvlinks (a.t) tv-links.co.uk
    Cheers
    Sin

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  74. Caltosy UNITED STATES Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Sin, I think it would be best if everyone keeps low on mentioning websites that host free movies on here as your website is now under a monitor and has been since July 08, 2006. You may have already noticed, but I had to crack a skull in the DA to find out that your website is still being monitored.. Now I just got to find a good rock to live under for a while :/

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  75. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux Terminalist says:

    @Caltosy – my website, or Sin’s website?

    If it’s mine then I guess I’m lucking that linking to websites that link to websites that sometimes host content infringing copyright is not a crime yet. Heh, if they ever make the infringing links work recursively it might actually break the internet. You know, you could be guilty if you ever linked to anyone, who ever linked to anyone who ever linked to illegal content and etc… :P

    Oh well, I’m not planning to post any illegal content here, or even directly link to infringing stuff so hopefully I’m safe.

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  76. jj UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    try http://www.freetvonline.com it has every show Possible on earth it is the best web sit ever you will fin the show or movie you want it has old shows and old movies and new movies and old movies all for free you will lovie.
    p.s. I AM SO SARRY WHAT HAPPEN YOU WILL LOVE THIS SIT SO MUCH

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  77. Tv Links we ROMANIA Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Tv-Links is back

    Everyone knows that TV-LINKS.CO.UK was one of the greatest site ever created. Just as good as good ol Napster. Now tv-links has finally come back and changed its name to http://www.tv-links.eu. So people that loved or never heard of tv-links now have the second chance to check out what was so great about tv-links. Well enjoy and be happy people! Please spread.

    Enjoy here: http://www.tv-links.eu

    The tv-links concept seems to have been so successful that others have tried to copy it. We don’t mind competition, we just want you to choose the best.

    Regards,

    Tv Links Team

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  78. Sin UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    as the owner of Tv Links (tv-links.co.uk) we haven’t made a come back as the above states! its just another bad copy as same as the tv-links.cc site! If/When we make a come back you’ll still see us on the .co.uk domain

    Thanks
    Sin

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  79. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux Terminalist says:

    Heh, I guess people are still trying to capitalize on popularity of your site, and make quick buck on the pr0n ads they plaster all over the page. :P

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  80. Sin UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    hehe yeah, I’ve seen quite a few popup, to be honest the entire linking to vids has a short shelf life, the hosts are becoming better at removing videos or block people linking to them. Plus the addition of fingerprinting content will stop the upload entirely. I have also heard there will be more crackdowns on aggregators + Bittorrent sites. The entire MPAA/ Piratebay pissing contest will cause massive problems for filesharers(if it hasn’t already), in the end its always the government that wins, it’s only a matter of time before Sweden caves into the pressure, then its all over. Oh and all the dodgy hosts in China(or around that area) will start to be regulated then its defiantly all over!
    Anyway I won’t bore you with anymore of me ramblings :)

    S

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  81. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux Terminalist says:

    Meh… People will come up with new way to file share.

    In worst case scenario we will have roaming trackers. Just set up your server as a VM and then move from one host to the other every few months. If they hit your DNS provider then can always just set up a racket of innocently looking blogs in various places of the world which always show the up-to-date IP address of the tracker. They should be pretty difficult to shut down unless linking to a site that links to illegal content will suddenly become illegal. :P

    Besides, if Bittorrent will end up being to much pain in the ass to use, someone will come up with an alternative method. Something more decentralized, and distributed.

    Let’s face it – P2P is nothing more than simply sending streams of zeros and ones down the wire. Computers were made for this, and trying to stop it is insanely difficult.

    Also, I really don’t see how fingerprinting will do any good since scene folks can usually get their paws on pre-release content anyway. ;)

    I’m positive about the future. Perhaps we can’t win with the government, but I don’t think it is possible to lose either. Not without some sort of big brother setup under which every packet living your machine is scrutinized for copyright violation and thoughtcrime.

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  82. Rhys UNITED KINGDOM Internet Explorer Windows says:

    I see this blog post is about tv links – well id like to let you know about another site that is the largest tv links site so far – TV Links

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