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Feds Seize Domain Names for Alleged Piracy, Embed Their Own Educational Guilt-Trip Videos

Back in my day (five months ago), when the federal government seized your website's domain name for alleged counterfeiting or piracy, they just made it so that visitors to the site saw the assorted "scary eagles" in the graphics below:

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Ah, but that was a simpler time, and today's website seizures now come not only with the eagle seals above but also with a mandatory serving of social media propaganda: an automatically playing YouTube video that tries to make visitors to the website feel guilty about downloading free movies (via Threat Level).

You can visit one of the recently seized domains, such as DVDCollects.com, to get the full "scary eagles + guilt video" experience (the video starts by itself about 10 seconds after you visit the site). Or you can cut out the middleman and go directly to the video below if you want a lesson from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on how downloading free movies puts (very sad-looking) Hollywood boom mic operators out of work and means that "you have no soul."

Posted by Bruce Carton on May 2, 2011 at 04:49 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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