Channelsurfing.net Owner Arrested For Illegal Website Streaming


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.

Channelsurfing.net shut down

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.

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9 Comments

  1. Bill Smith
    Bill Smith March 11, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    The guy did nothing wrong! The only thing he is guilty of is being a genius at managing data of sites that have these streams. They are going after the wrong guys. The internet nation will live on.

  2. YURI
    YURI March 15, 2011 at 12:42 am

    We must take power back! These cable co. scammers have the upper hand for now! We need to demand an itunes type of purchase, get the channels u want when u want them! Till then in protest will cont. to find ways!

  3. AbdulahObama
    AbdulahObama March 18, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    I’m so glad that ICE has the illegal immigration problem solved that now they have the time to go after peddly cable theft…….

  4. DEAD_MAN_WALKING
    DEAD_MAN_WALKING April 24, 2011 at 5:27 am

    My question is… Are the feds now after worldtvpc.com as you guys do the same thing linking to free TV/Sport listings…?

    I better watch my back because i pass about everyday how to get free TV/Sports streams…

  5. rotini
    rotini April 24, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Thank you Homeland Security – I feel EVER so much safer now that terroristic sports games cannot invade my computer and kill me and my family! You are truly an American Treasure!

  6. MartinM
    MartinM May 4, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    WFT, dont these guys in “ICE” have anything else better to do. this website helped me get through my deployment in afghanistan. i was able to watch my favorite sports team from half a world away. “ICE” can shove it…..

  7. Grady
    Grady May 15, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Why is this a matter of Homeland Security?

    Yay! Patriot Act!!

  8. Lloyd
    Lloyd August 26, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Greed of CORPORATE/WALL STREET CONTROLLED government. All professional sports are corporate sponsored labels

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