Bryan McCarthy, the Deer Park man arrested last week for illegally livestreaming sporting events on the Web, is getting some support.
A Web-freedom group called Demand Progress says McCarthy's arrest represents "a radical shift" in federal-government policy because his site only linked to (illegal) livestreaming of events.
Their take (italics and bolding included):
[T]hey don't even allege that he made a copy of anything! Just that he ran what they call a "linking website" which linked to various sites with copyrighted material. Under that sort of thinking, everyone who's sent around a link to a copyrighted YouTube video is a criminal.
"This is another shocking overreach by DHS and ICE -- a steamship-era department that's proving once again that it doesn't understand the Internet," the groups says. "We need to push back -- and fast -- before they try to lock up more Americans."
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DP has the charging document in the case, which showed that McCarthy's site, channelsurfing.net, also included links to network shows and news. As for the sporting events, they included pay-per-view WWE and UFC stuff, NFL games, NBA, NHL and MLB.
And just in case you don't think federal agents sacrifice themselves during investigations, one had to watch a mid-December game between the Golden State Warriors and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Above and beyond, to be sure.