United States Government seizes ATDHE.net, ChannelSurfing.net

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has decided to exercise their powers and seize the domains to both ATDHE.net and ChannelSurfing.net earlier today. If you go to ATDHE.net, you'll be shown a statement from ICE about why they took down the domain with verbiage of why they're allowed to do so in the form of the image pictured above. ChannelSurfing's page is a bit more hopeful about the site's future actions, stating "more news to come."

To refresh your memory, ICE's participation in seizing domain names that are allegedly producing counterfeit and pirated content is part of a movement titled Operation In Our Sites; the first version of this operation wasn't successful, but the second attempt, which launched last year, has shut down north of 80 websites. It's important to note that this, and all previous and future incidents, are only seizures of the domain names that were bought in the US and not the actual website.

As such, ATDHE, which specializes in live sports entertainment from all the major US networks, has moved its website to ATDHENET.tv while ChannelSurfing, dedicated to bringing free television and movie content, has gone to Twitter to connect with its users. "Everyone please use http://89.*[Snipped]*.98 for now, new domain is on the way[,]" the people behind the website tweeted today.

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De.Bug said,
Why is the ip snipped?

Someone posted a very good reason above why Neowin decided against posting the IP. Following the link to the Twitter update will show it to you.

But...but...my Patriots games. Local cable offers NFL Sunday Ticket, but they don't broadcast all the games. NFL.com offers all the games for a price, but I can't watch them on TV (unless I go all out and connect my lappy to the TV...but no Dolby Digtal surround so...yeah it sucks).

DClark said,
But...but...my Patriots games. Local cable offers NFL Sunday Ticket, but they don't broadcast all the games. NFL.com offers all the games for a price, but I can't watch them on TV (unless I go all out and connect my lappy to the TV...but no Dolby Digtal surround so...yeah it sucks).

What are you talking about? Sunday Ticket is only available on DirecTV, not cable, and it carries all games except those subject to local blackouts in your market (assuming it's Boston). If the Patriots are on a local channel, Sunday Ticket can't carry it. But it carries all other games. Since the Patriots sell out all home games, there's no way you're missing any due to a blackout.

UndergroundWire said,

Another Neowin Fail

Lol, not exactly. It allows them to be in the "okay" They didn't directly give you the information publicly on their site. You visited an off site link to get the IP address which there for saves neowins butt. Neowin did something for you by providing the twitter link for those of you that wanted to IP.

I'll leave the "another . . . ." sarcasm out and just say if you weren't so arrogant you might understand the concept behind what they were doing.

Lewism said,
Good job at censoring the tweet and putting a link right after.

Yeah doesn't make much sense but I guess it doesn't matter as a simple twitter search would get you to it just a few seconds later.

recursive said,
Sad that tax payer dollar is wasted on BS agencies like these.

I know. I especially hate it when they shut down human trafficking or child pornography sites.

Solid Knight said,

I know. I especially hate it when they shut down human trafficking or child pornography sites.


I know right, then i have to sift though 30 pages of threads on /b/ to find a good CP thread. dammit.

Xerax said,

I know right, then i have to sift though 30 pages of threads on /b/ to find a good CP thread. dammit.

I hate going there. You have to deal with those morons. I just want to get my **** and leave.

Solid Knight said,

I know. I especially hate it when they shut down human trafficking or child pornography sites.

except they didn't shut down anything, they seized the domains. it's like knowing that there are a bunch of crack houses on a certain street so the cops take the street sign down. yah, it's gonna work

twist said,
except they didn't shut down anything, they seized the domains. it's like knowing that there are a bunch of crack houses on a certain street so the cops take the street sign down. yah, it's gonna work

Different circumstances. These servers can be located outside the country.

WJrandon said,
You're right, like I needed another reason to be ashamed of being an American.
I'm an American and I'm not ashamed of being one due to this kind of action for a simple reason. I don't let what others do influence who I am. If you feel bad for being something just because Home Land Security shut down a domain and in your eyes it was for no reason than you my friend have some major E-Issue(s)

Solid Knight said,

I know. I especially hate it when they shut down human trafficking or child pornography sites.

Well, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) isn't doing too hot at enforcing immigration or customs so they might as well distract people by heriocally causing a few websites to get a new domain name.

I hate it when they "shut down human trafficking or child pornography sites" because they're about as effective at these activities as anything else they do. You're defending the indefensible, but hey, that $5.5 billion they've budgeted to spend in fiscal year 2011 has to be wasted somehow, right?

Solid Knight said,

Different circumstances. These servers can be located outside the country.

They can?!? Woah! Quick! Somebody make a LAW!!!

Neb Okla said,
They can?!? Woah! Quick! Somebody make a LAW!!!

You didn't know? You do realize that there are other countries in the world and they have computers too?

recursive said,
Sad that tax payer dollar is wasted on BS agencies like these.

What do you expect from an administration full of former lawyer from the RIAA and MPAA ?