As part of the clampdown on illegal streaming, the US government have gone from shutting down websites to throwing the book at the owners. In the latest move a man from Texas has been arrested and accused of illegal streaming on the Channelsurfing.net website.
The website was shut down by the feds back on February 1st, and a man from Texas has now been arrested on allegations of illegal streaming of sporting events across the web. The accused, Bryan McCarthy aged 32 was arrested on Thursday am, and has been charged with criminal infringement of a copyright.
The immigration and Customs Enforcement (also known as ICE) have been seizing website domain names from around the world and replacing the websites with a statement for visitors that the US government have seized it.
Channelsurfing.net was said to have made McCarthy over $90,000 from advertising on the site, and ICE have said the site has had over 1.3 million hits since seizure. The website was accused of linking via an iframe to live sporting including the NFL, NBA and NHL. There were also streams from UFC and WWE.
Although the website did not host any streaming itself, the fact that they linked direct to the streams puts them (it seems) in an illegal position.