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NinjaVideo seeking donations from users to help pay mounting legal costs

One of nine BitTorrent websites currently caught up in 'Operation In Our Sites' has started asking valued users of the site for monetary donations to be used for legal defense.
As part of the anti-piracy crackdown, the U.S. government seized nine different domains:,, Movies-Links.TV,,, and  

All nine sites were registered and operated in the United States -- and several of them shortly came back online under new names.  Fifteen bank and PayPal accounts were also seized by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations taskforce.

Since NinjaVideo was one of the nine selected for take down, TorrentFreak expects the U.S. government to try and make an example of all of the sites’ administrators.  NinjaVideo never collected membership dues -- like most popular BitTorrent sites -- but is now asking for member contributions to help prepare for a mounting legal defense.

Additionally, it appears NinjaVideo has been aware of pending shutdown and legal notices for some time now.  TorrentFreak reportedly discovered several months ago that U.S. investigators were looking to shutter the site at some point.

"We need you.  Our lives, our very freedom depends on this," pleads NinjaVideo's operator, Phara.  "We can't do it alone.  We have nothing.  Nothing at all.  They took... everything."

It's not a surprising situation NinjaVideo is in, and I'm sure we'll see other donation requests from different site operators.  I've never donated to similar causes in the past, nor do I plan on donating to NinjaVideo, but I'm interested to see how much will be collected.

Despite the high-profile publicity surrounding the site shutdowns, critics say the current war on piracy will be a useless waste of funds.  Supporters say it’s a step in the right direction against piracy and counterfeiting that costs copyright holders and manufacturers billions every year.

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Sad way of using our tax money
By vision33r on 7/26/2010 12:24:49 PM , Rating: 5
So, our tax money gets used to help enforce IP and piracy issues while our borders remain unguarded with dangerous criminals crossing the border freely.

They even got the INS involved with piracy and not involved with deporting and getting criminal immigrants out of this country.

RE: Sad way of using our tax money
By Chaser on 7/26/2010 2:40:00 PM , Rating: 2
And while we speak a meter maid cop is probably writing a parking ticket.

RE: Sad way of using our tax money
By tastyratz on 7/26/2010 2:59:37 PM , Rating: 2
How else can we fund such shenanigans?

By SSDMaster on 7/27/2010 8:01:19 AM , Rating: 2
The rich get richer!

By ResStellarum on 7/29/2010 12:40:37 AM , Rating: 2
Amazing isn't it? The ordinary citizens who end up paying for MAFIAA copyright monopoly enforcement are the ones being punished. Absolute madness and yet another example of governments and politicians selling out to big business.

By the way ninjavideo linked to cyberlockers, it didn't operate a bittorrent site.

Good Luck with that.
By Smilin on 7/27/2010 12:11:13 PM , Rating: 2
No seriously good luck. I hope you win.

But honestly you knew good and well what you were doing and now you're asking people for help setting up a defense fund.

ROFL. Oh man. Good luck with that too!

RE: Good Luck with that.
By Suntan on 7/27/2010 1:12:34 PM , Rating: 3
Not to mention that the people you are asking for money are too cheap to just rent videos so they resort to illegally downloading them from other people...

good luck getting much cash out of freeloaders.


RE: Good Luck with that.
By Smilin on 7/27/2010 1:38:10 PM , Rating: 2
LOL good point Suntan

By monkeyman1140 on 7/28/2010 5:41:28 PM , Rating: 2
Osama will be in our custody within a week.

Apparently the government works for big business interests, who knew!

By noirsoft on 7/28/2010 9:52:53 PM , Rating: 1
... to help the prosecution.

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