Feds in NY pull plug on pirated sports broadcasts

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on February 2, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 2 at 4:06 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities in New York City are pulling the plug on 10 websites they say have stolen and streamed pay-per-view and other live sporting events including NFL games.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents executed seizure warrants based on a court order unsealed Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan. The warrants direct domain managers to lock down the websites.

Court papers cite several live broadcasts of pro wrestling, ultimate fighting and professional football games authorities say were pirated in recent weeks.

Investigators say they hope to identify the website operators and charge them with copyright infringement.

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