Bryan McCarthy: Deer Park Man Arrested for Illegally Livestreaming Sporting Events

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Bryan McCarthy: Channel surfing can get you arrested
Federal agents today arrested Bryan McCarthy, 32, for running a Web site that illegally livestreamed NFL games, pay-per-view fights and other sporting events.

The operator of channelsurfing.net was arrested at his Deer Park home without incident by officers of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

The feds say he had made more than $90,000 in profits from ads sold on the site since December 2005, and that the site had gotten 1.3 million hits since it was seized by the government on February 1.

"Today's arrest is another step forward in the ongoing investigation by New York HSI Agents into copyright infringement and theft of intellectual property rights," said James T. Hayes, special agent in charge of HSI in New York. "We will continue to investigate illegal streaming of programming on the Internet in an effort to preserve legitimate and creative business interests and deter others from engaging in online piracy."

"Bryan McCarthy allegedly sought to profit by intercepting and then streaming live sporting events, hiding behind the anonymity of the internet to make a quick buck through what is little more than high-tech thievery," said Preet Bhara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. "This arrest sends a clear message that this office, working with its partners at HSI, will vigorously protect valuable intellectual property rights through arrests and domain name seizures."

The feds said McCarthy's site showed "National Football League (NFL), the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Hockey League (NHL), World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). All of these organizations hold the copyrights to the televised broadcasts of their respective sporting events."

He faces five years in prison.


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Keystonelonestar
Keystonelonestar

Typical. Big Company steals from you, you're told it's a civil matter. You steal from Big Company and it's a federal crime. Nice to know out tax money is being used to protect the NFL...

Bill
Bill

What the heck does illegal livestreaming have to do Homeland Security or Immigration and Customs? Theft of intellectual properties and piracy are NOT matters of national security.

Bue9861
Bue9861

So RIGHT. Pursuant to the enumerations of powers granted to the Federal Government in the U.S. Constitution, this is but another example of Sledge Hammers being used to eliminate flies at a TREMENDOUS COST to our personal liberties.

Adam Torres
Adam Torres

Only $90 grand in a little over five years? He deserves to be in jail for not charging enough, he's giving capitalism a bad name.

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