Illegal download crackdown 16,000,000 Downloads of "Transformers Revenge of the fallen"
The US Department of Homeland Security has announced a new operation to find and prosecute owners of websites that offer illegal downloads of American films and television shows.
Video: US anti-piracy crackdown announced
"Operation In Our Sites" was launched in conjunction with the seizure of nine websites, accused of offering free access to movies such as "Toy Story 3".
Kevin Suh from Hollywood trade group, Motion Picture Association of America, called the action the "largest takedown of illegal movie and television websites in a single action by the federal government."
US Immigration and Customs and other law enforcement agencies are involved and it came a week after the White House unveiled an enforcement plan for tackling theft of intellectual property.
Warrants were issued in New York to shut down seven websites: TVshack.net, Movies-Links.tv, FilesPump.com, Now-Movies.com, PlanetMoviez.com, ThePirateCity.org and ZML.com. NinjaVideo.net and NinjaThis.net were also shut down in another action.
TVshack.net showed an image for the Disney/Pixar movie "Toy Story 3," which is in its second week in theaters, with the words "Watch now."