TVLinks Shut Down, Owner Arrested

By David Peralty
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

There are many ways to get your favorite shows, you can watch them at their scheduled time on television, record them with your PVR or VCR (does anyone use a VCR anymore?) or watch them on the broadcast companies website. If none of these choices work well for you, sometimes you can catch them on sites like TVLinks (tv-links.co.uk), where they link to illegally uploaded videos on various video hosting websites, which allows you to view them at your convenience.

I don’t want to focus on the legality of this whole thing, but for the many people that use such sites, a sad thing has happened: TVLinks has been shut down.

Not only has the site been taken down, but the owner, a 26-year-old man from Cheltenham, UK, has been arrested. Though he doesn’t host the content himself, only providing links to the material on major video hosting sites, he has apparently been charged with the “facilitation” of copyright infringement.

Personally, while I agree that the service wasn’t entirely legal, I think it provided a remarkable video on demand service for shows both on and off the air, and should continue to prove to studios, production companies, and cable providers that the audience demands to have their media at their disposal. I hope that the charges are dropped.

Also, as they have started to realize with both video and audio, consumers will get what they want, any way they can and companies can adjust, or try to bully people using the legal system. Unfortunately, bullying won’t get them very far. Proof of this is the number of such video linking websites, torrent websites, and private content sharing networks still out there today.

Now is your chance to chime in on the discussion. Was it right for the site to be taken down and the owner arrested? Will the removal of TVLinks stop you from watching television shows and movies online, or will you find another source?

Do you believe that the future of both video and audio is a complete multimedia on demand service? If so, how much would you pay every month to access any and every movie and song available in a massive library?

Please do not link to any video sharing, torrent or any other illegal or grey area websites as such comments will be moderated. Geeks are Sexy does not condone piracy, but we do believe that certain, currently illegal, models are proof that the handling of media is rapidly evolving and changing to a very consumer focused model.

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122 Responses to TVLinks Shut Down, Owner Arrested

  1. Some tough questions. Certainly the future of video will involved the internet–but how? – Eric Monse

    • Tvlinks was an excellent example of the future of home entertainment. The shows you want to see, on demand.

      If entertainment corporations were to take this model and apply a very small charge to each episode watched (I am talking Pennies/Cents here not Pounds/Dollars).

      Not only would they be able to see which shows were popular immediately, and react accordingly, but also they could remove all of the annoying advertising that is the bane of most TV watchers entertainment time.

      This should also remove many of the 'grey areas' involved in watching or posting unpaid for material. You want to watch it? It's really cheap so you should have no problems paying for it.

      How about charging less per episode as time went by? 50p for a brand new episode of your favourite show in HD, 25p for lower quality, 10p 6 months later?

      This would also encourage said corporations to make good quality, intelligent shows (or not depending on the target audience).

      Quite a long reply, but I just wanted to reiterate what many others have said before.

      Thanks for reading.

    • TV-Links was legendary… A loss to the world wide web… I don't see why the sites totally illegal, half the content is from YouTube and GoogleVideos anyway… I don't see them being shut down… RIP TV-Links

    • I was really gutted that TVlinks was shut down. I used it to watch many linked programmes on many different sites – very naughty I know – but how many people were like me and bought the DVD box sets of the ones they liked the best?

      I know they say that it infringed all those big companies copyrights but quite frankly I don't care! I watched lots of shows and bought ones I wanted to watch again and again, Shows not on English tv,shows I'd have had to sit through adverts to watch in England and it was beutifully free!! And thats the problem they had with it!

      If they put more then reality tv, gardening and home DIY shows on the telly, if more channels did away with the adverts and produced decent programmes instead of sticking us poor ones with garbage TVLinks would not have been used.

      I used TVlinks as a way of checking out programmes I would want to buy how did the money makers lose out in the end? Now I just won't bother buying anything.

      TV Links is dead long live TVLinks -ooops did i just infringe someones copyright?

    • someone should organize a fund raising for the man's legal expenses.. someone should contact him and set up a fund raising account.. im sure theres a million fans of this website and donation account will be helpful.. im willing to give $50 usa dollars.. im sure theres people who would wana give some change

  2. Some tough questions. Certainly the future of video will involved the internet–but how? – Eric Monse

    • Tvlinks was an excellent example of the future of home entertainment. The shows you want to see, on demand.
      If entertainment corporations were to take this model and apply a very small charge to each episode watched (I am talking Pennies/Cents here not Pounds/Dollars).
      Not only would they be able to see which shows were popular immediately, and react accordingly, but also they could remove all of the annoying advertising that is the bane of most TV watchers entertainment time.
      This should also remove many of the ‘grey areas’ involved in watching or posting unpaid for material. You want to watch it? It’s really cheap so you should have no problems paying for it.
      How about charging less per episode as time went by? 50p for a brand new episode of your favourite show in HD, 25p for lower quality, 10p 6 months later?
      This would also encourage said corporations to make good quality, intelligent shows (or not depending on the target audience).
      Quite a long reply, but I just wanted to reiterate what many others have said before.
      Thanks for reading.

    • TV-Links was legendary… A loss to the world wide web… I don’t see why the sites totally illegal, half the content is from YouTube and GoogleVideos anyway… I don’t see them being shut down… RIP TV-Links

    • I was really gutted that TVlinks was shut down. I used it to watch many linked programmes on many different sites – very naughty I know – but how many people were like me and bought the DVD box sets of the ones they liked the best?
      I know they say that it infringed all those big companies copyrights but quite frankly I don’t care! I watched lots of shows and bought ones I wanted to watch again and again, Shows not on English tv,shows I’d have had to sit through adverts to watch in England and it was beutifully free!! And thats the problem they had with it!
      If they put more then reality tv, gardening and home DIY shows on the telly, if more channels did away with the adverts and produced decent programmes instead of sticking us poor ones with garbage TVLinks would not have been used.
      I used TVlinks as a way of checking out programmes I would want to buy how did the money makers lose out in the end? Now I just won’t bother buying anything.

      TV Links is dead long live TVLinks -ooops did i just infringe someones copyright?

    • someone should organize a fund raising for the man’s legal expenses.. someone should contact him and set up a fund raising account.. im sure theres a million fans of this website and donation account will be helpful.. im willing to give $50 usa dollars.. im sure theres people who would wana give some change

  3. I think that the media corporations are actually bordering on being terrorist organizations at this point. They are using fear and intimidation to get their way!

    • "…terrorist organizations at this point."

      Do you have a SINGLE brain cell in your head? Do you have any idea what a terrorist really is? I'll wager that you watch so much damn FOX News that you simply have no clue.

      The media corporations have used the LEGAL SYSTEM to convince JUDGES that they have a legitimate claim that should be settled in a COURT OF LAW. If that is terrorism, then we are all fucked.

      A court may find that the media claims are unfounded, and charges may be dismissed, but dude, seriously, for you to compare them to a terrorist organisation is simply daft. I can't believe that you actually wrote that; it is among the most inane comments I have ever read anywhere.

      • Maybe it's inane to consider it "terrorism", considering it's such a loaded word, BUT said media corporations are already fulfilling half of the definition. Terrorism involves "the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims." Bullying is a far more apt term, considering the media's not on the brink of violence. We hope.

        However, you can't claim that intimidation isn't playing a key role here. Anti-piracy organizations such as FACT are aiming to shut down sites such as tv-links in order to dissuade anyone from creating more. Note that they're going after "the little guy", rather than anyone with an entire team of legal advisors (Google). Court of law? Phht. Anyone with money can play right through the system. "Sin", the 26 year old male, has been arrested.

        In short, yes, we're fucked. Was there ever any doubt?

      • Legal system… HAHAHA this country is so unjust it is not even funny. I would fight for this country for the people that are worthy of it. But the corporations and hollywood theives and doctors and others taking advantage of the system would definately not have my support. The laws established in this country now adays are to accomidate making money and big corporations. Terrorism can also be an act to make money by means of instilling fear in others by bribes / kidnappings or in my opinion bending the legal system to make it "legal" to perform their unjust actions. In my opinion a lot of the US laws are crap and therefore whether it be legal or not, not be followed by many. Including myself. Jail or no jail… it doesn't matter. I don't care. Arresting him just made him popular. He was speaking our for his rights. He believes in freedom of information. Many of us believe in that including myself. A career isn't making movies. Or writing books. Information in every form should be free. I believe this and so do many others. We should be able to all benefit from the wealth of knowledge without breaking the bank. I am not saying movies are knowledge. But there are educational videos out there….

  4. I think that the media corporations are actually bordering on being terrorist organizations at this point. They are using fear and intimidation to get their way!

    • “…terrorist organizations at this point.”

      Do you have a SINGLE brain cell in your head? Do you have any idea what a terrorist really is? I’ll wager that you watch so much damn FOX News that you simply have no clue.

      The media corporations have used the LEGAL SYSTEM to convince JUDGES that they have a legitimate claim that should be settled in a COURT OF LAW. If that is terrorism, then we are all fucked.

      A court may find that the media claims are unfounded, and charges may be dismissed, but dude, seriously, for you to compare them to a terrorist organisation is simply daft. I can’t believe that you actually wrote that; it is among the most inane comments I have ever read anywhere.

      • Maybe it’s inane to consider it “terrorism”, considering it’s such a loaded word, BUT said media corporations are already fulfilling half of the definition. Terrorism involves “the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.” Bullying is a far more apt term, considering the media’s not on the brink of violence. We hope.
        However, you can’t claim that intimidation isn’t playing a key role here. Anti-piracy organizations such as FACT are aiming to shut down sites such as tv-links in order to dissuade anyone from creating more. Note that they’re going after “the little guy”, rather than anyone with an entire team of legal advisors (Google). Court of law? Phht. Anyone with money can play right through the system. “Sin”, the 26 year old male, has been arrested.
        In short, yes, we’re fucked. Was there ever any doubt?

      • Legal system… HAHAHA this country is so unjust it is not even funny. I would fight for this country for the people that are worthy of it. But the corporations and hollywood theives and doctors and others taking advantage of the system would definately not have my support. The laws established in this country now adays are to accomidate making money and big corporations. Terrorism can also be an act to make money by means of instilling fear in others by bribes / kidnappings or in my opinion bending the legal system to make it “legal” to perform their unjust actions. In my opinion a lot of the US laws are crap and therefore whether it be legal or not, not be followed by many. Including myself. Jail or no jail… it doesn’t matter. I don’t care. Arresting him just made him popular. He was speaking our for his rights. He believes in freedom of information. Many of us believe in that including myself. A career isn’t making movies. Or writing books. Information in every form should be free. I believe this and so do many others. We should be able to all benefit from the wealth of knowledge without breaking the bank. I am not saying movies are knowledge. But there are educational videos out there….

  5. well that suck i love tvlinks thats how i watch tv show that i miss the EP for so to all u people that hate tvlinks go and jump of a cift

  6. well that suck i love tvlinks thats how i watch tv show that i miss the EP for so to all u people that hate tvlinks go and jump of a cift

  7. Personally I prefer not to pay to be advertised to, hence not paying for cable television. There are maybe 5 or 6 TV stations worth watching and I absolutely will not pay 40-60$/mth to watch the occasional show that I might have the time to watch in my busy life.

    I enjoyed having access to TV Links, and it will be sorely missed

  8. Personally I prefer not to pay to be advertised to, hence not paying for cable television. There are maybe 5 or 6 TV stations worth watching and I absolutely will not pay 40-60$/mth to watch the occasional show that I might have the time to watch in my busy life.

    I enjoyed having access to TV Links, and it will be sorely missed

  9. Was it right for him to be arrested? Well I'll leave it up to philosophers to decide whether different nation's law's are ethical or not.

    I think that media companies would do very well to provide "complete multimedia on demand service." If there were ads I would not want to pay for it at all; if it were ad-free I would pay five, maybe ten dollars a month – but no more. I have enough bills to pay.

  10. Was it right for him to be arrested? Well I’ll leave it up to philosophers to decide whether different nation’s law’s are ethical or not.

    I think that media companies would do very well to provide “complete multimedia on demand service.” If there were ads I would not want to pay for it at all; if it were ad-free I would pay five, maybe ten dollars a month – but no more. I have enough bills to pay.

  11. Interesting. So a link – a pointer to information, not the information itself can be illegal? Does that mean that the public record of the arrest and trial are contributory infringement, since they point to the infringing site? What about the news articles, that point to tv-links.co.uk? While that site may be down, search engine cache is probably still available.

    Are industry documents that collect lists of potentially infringing sites legal? What about when they get published? How far removed does a pointer have to be to be legally safe?

    What about the software that accesses the data? Or the links? Are web browsers contributing to the infringement, since they are the tools used for following the link?

    This isn't a slippery slope, it's a cliff. One step over the line and you lose your mind.

  12. Interesting. So a link – a pointer to information, not the information itself can be illegal? Does that mean that the public record of the arrest and trial are contributory infringement, since they point to the infringing site? What about the news articles, that point to tv-links.co.uk? While that site may be down, search engine cache is probably still available.

    Are industry documents that collect lists of potentially infringing sites legal? What about when they get published? How far removed does a pointer have to be to be legally safe?

    What about the software that accesses the data? Or the links? Are web browsers contributing to the infringement, since they are the tools used for following the link?

    This isn’t a slippery slope, it’s a cliff. One step over the line and you lose your mind.

  13. Was it right for the site to be taken down and the owner arrested?

    Absolutely NOT.

    That would be like pressing charges against a car manufacturer because they make a product that "facilitates" drunk driving. Or a weapons manufacturer because their product "facilities" murder.

    • Further to that, they were pretty stupid shutting down that site anyway.

      They could've used the site as a database of known sites that actually host the illegal content, and targetted each one.

      Instead, what have they achieved? Sure, it might be more difficult to find that content for Joe Public, but it's still out there…

    • That is for a court to decide, not you. Your analogies aren't even relevant. The site owner knew that s/he was linking to material that was copyright.

      If you drive the car for a bunch of bank robbers, you didn't steal the money, but you are still guilty of a crime. The same idea applies here when one party has been alleged to knowingly assist other parties to distribute materials that they had no legal right to distribute. Good gawd people are stupid!

      • Sorry WTF, you are really wide of the mark here.

        This is a deliberate MISUSE of the legal system by FACT.

        As has been widely reported, he has been released without charge 'pending further enquiries'.

        This is because there is no UK law against what he was doing.. And they know it. I have been following this case closely and I haven't seen a single legal opinion from anyone that honestly believes this could result in a prosecution.

        The reason for his arrest was simply to allow them to close down his site 'while they investigate', thus placating the big-business media companies that they answer to.

        They will drag this out for as long as they can (at the British taxpayers expense) then in a year drop the investigation due to 'insufficient evidence'. By that time TVL will have been replaced by other sites run by people outside of the UK, so it is no longer their problem.

        Oh and if they can bankrupt the poor guy or cause him to have a breakdown in the meantime by forcing him to pay for expensive lawyers and live under the constant threat of prosecution, so much the better as that will ensure that he doesn't try to restart the site when the charges are eventually dropped.

        This is disgusting. It is a deliberate misuse of taxpayers money and police time purely for the benefit of big business.

      • How do you know that the site owner knew the material didn’t have legality? – it might be obvious to some but quite frankly the poor quality or missing episodes are what prompted me to start buying the dvds in the first place. I’ve ended up on plenty of sites that I’ve just assumed (no coments on the word assumed please)had legal content. I wonder if the owner could get away with saying he/she didn’t know. If I picked up a couple of friends dressed all in black with a big bag and drove them somewhere could I be arrested if I didn’t know they had just robbed a bank until after the police informed me of it.. Did FACT tell TVLinks which links where illegal, I’m surprised they weren’t using it to chase down those POSTING the naughty material!!

  14. Was it right for the site to be taken down and the owner arrested?

    Absolutely NOT.

    That would be like pressing charges against a car manufacturer because they make a product that “facilitates” drunk driving. Or a weapons manufacturer because their product “facilities” murder.

    • Further to that, they were pretty stupid shutting down that site anyway.

      They could’ve used the site as a database of known sites that actually host the illegal content, and targetted each one.

      Instead, what have they achieved? Sure, it might be more difficult to find that content for Joe Public, but it’s still out there…

    • That is for a court to decide, not you. Your analogies aren’t even relevant. The site owner knew that s/he was linking to material that was copyright.

      If you drive the car for a bunch of bank robbers, you didn’t steal the money, but you are still guilty of a crime. The same idea applies here when one party has been alleged to knowingly assist other parties to distribute materials that they had no legal right to distribute. Good gawd people are stupid!

      • Sorry WTF, you are really wide of the mark here.

        This is a deliberate MISUSE of the legal system by FACT.

        As has been widely reported, he has been released without charge ‘pending further enquiries’.

        This is because there is no UK law against what he was doing.. And they know it. I have been following this case closely and I haven’t seen a single legal opinion from anyone that honestly believes this could result in a prosecution.

        The reason for his arrest was simply to allow them to close down his site ‘while they investigate’, thus placating the big-business media companies that they answer to.

        They will drag this out for as long as they can (at the British taxpayers expense) then in a year drop the investigation due to ‘insufficient evidence’. By that time TVL will have been replaced by other sites run by people outside of the UK, so it is no longer their problem.

        Oh and if they can bankrupt the poor guy or cause him to have a breakdown in the meantime by forcing him to pay for expensive lawyers and live under the constant threat of prosecution, so much the better as that will ensure that he doesn’t try to restart the site when the charges are eventually dropped.

        This is disgusting. It is a deliberate misuse of taxpayers money and police time purely for the benefit of big business.

      • How do you know that the site owner knew the material didn't have legality? – it might be obvious to some but quite frankly the poor quality or missing episodes are what prompted me to start buying the dvds in the first place. I've ended up on plenty of sites that I've just assumed (no coments on the word assumed please)had legal content. I wonder if the owner could get away with saying he/she didn't know. If I picked up a couple of friends dressed all in black with a big bag and drove them somewhere could I be arrested if I didn't know they had just robbed a bank until after the police informed me of it.. Did FACT tell TVLinks which links where illegal, I'm surprised they weren't using it to chase down those POSTING the naughty material!!

  15. where does it stop. How long before someone arrests the owners of google, for example, claiming that google search is a tool that allows people to find "copyrighted content". (whether the copyrite applies on the internet is debatable, though the media establishment acts like its a given that copyrites do apply on the internet, despite an obvious bias $$$ they have.)

    The will of the People will prevail, after all Human Will is the 5th great force that runs this planetary system.

    J

  16. where does it stop. How long before someone arrests the owners of google, for example, claiming that google search is a tool that allows people to find “copyrighted content”. (whether the copyrite applies on the internet is debatable, though the media establishment acts like its a given that copyrites do apply on the internet, despite an obvious bias $$$ they have.)

    The will of the People will prevail, after all Human Will is the 5th great force that runs this planetary system.

    J

  17. I never watches Heroes on TV as it clashed with House MD. A mate said to me Heroes kicked ass and I should go watch it, so I watched the ENTIRE FIRST SEASON online, via TV-Links.

    When the second season started here in Australia (now NOT against house), I:

    1: Watched it.

    2: Watched it at (near) the same time as the US.

    Both of these events would NOT have happened without TV links. I wouldn't have watched Season 2 of a series I'd never seen, so they make money that way. Also if I WAS going to watch it, I don't want to wait 4 months to get episodes. I want it current and now. In the past, us Aussies had to wait to watch stuff ages behind the US, or more regularly, download it. TV-Links pushed the networks to understand the need for immediate viewing.

    TV-Links closing is a sad day, and MOSTLY, it's sad for the companies that push it to be closed. TV-Links (and sites like it) create business, not destroy it.

  18. I never watches Heroes on TV as it clashed with House MD. A mate said to me Heroes kicked ass and I should go watch it, so I watched the ENTIRE FIRST SEASON online, via TV-Links.

    When the second season started here in Australia (now NOT against house), I:
    1: Watched it.
    2: Watched it at (near) the same time as the US.

    Both of these events would NOT have happened without TV links. I wouldn’t have watched Season 2 of a series I’d never seen, so they make money that way. Also if I WAS going to watch it, I don’t want to wait 4 months to get episodes. I want it current and now. In the past, us Aussies had to wait to watch stuff ages behind the US, or more regularly, download it. TV-Links pushed the networks to understand the need for immediate viewing.

    TV-Links closing is a sad day, and MOSTLY, it’s sad for the companies that push it to be closed. TV-Links (and sites like it) create business, not destroy it.

  19. This is like passing out speeding tickets at Le Mans.

    The current copyright model doesn't fit into the technology at hand, and there are insufficient enforcement tools available even if they doubled their efforts. The genie is out of the bottle.

  20. This is like passing out speeding tickets at Le Mans.

    The current copyright model doesn’t fit into the technology at hand, and there are insufficient enforcement tools available even if they doubled their efforts. The genie is out of the bottle.

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  22. We envy you Americans….

    This issue has had more airtime on the States blogs than it has in the UK. Can you believe that. Bearing in mind the tv-links.co.uk was the UK's shining star startup, coming in above The Pirate Bay on Alexa at position 182! The only other UK startup to have made the Alexa top 200 is bebo.

    The UK tech industry should be ashamed of itself. If this was a site anywhere else the tech industry would have plastered this news all over the front pages on most news and blog sites.

    Lets face it, tv-links.co.uk was the UK startup industry’s best star, position 182 in Alexa ranks, other than Bebo what UK startup has managed that?

    The UK tech industry should be supporting tv-links.co.uk 100%, whether they are doing something illegal or not. They has not been found guilty YET. However, if the UK tech industry does not rally support for these types of cases like they do in other countries, we will is the UK's ability to compete in the Internet landscape slowly being eroded away. This could be a landmark case and any person in the UK industry should be supporting and watching the proceedings.

    There should be fair and proportional representation, tv-links.co.uk should have the best possible legal support in this issue, not to necessarily get them off the hook, but more importantly to ensure that legal precedents pushed through under the industry’s nose. Any legal UK precedents that are set in the Internet sphere should be of interest to all of the UK IT industry.

    Unfortunately, there is not a great deal of substantial , validated details surrounding this case, so the picture of what is actually happening in not totally clear. I have emailled FACT but as of yet have heard nothing back yet.

    What is needed is this case is the UK industry to support tv-links.co.uk and ensure that any that legal action that is undertaken is done so fairly and legal precedent is not set that may come back to bite the UK industry in the future.

    It is hard to see how UK enterpreneurs will be able to compete in the Internet landscape if the playing field is not level. Perhaps FACT has not carried out similar operations on Google’s UK operation or youtube as they would have an extensive legal battle on their hands, with almost unlimited resources fighting it.

    • I think that it is great that we are supporting the owner of tv-links. It was a great site to find everything that you cant get here, in the states. I think it is disgusting what they are doing to him. the site will be greatly missed. I also think that there was no malicious intent behind the website. I think that anybody who used the site, only did so as a suppliment to there regular cable. I cant imagine any on the cable networks losing any money because of this website. The networks need to get the picture, and start offering a better ( and legal) way of watching all of the shows that they offer. I believe that if they were to appeal to the online market, their demographics would start to recover. they need to realize that we should be in control, and if it werent for us, they would not have a network anymore.

  23. We envy you Americans….

    This issue has had more airtime on the States blogs than it has in the UK. Can you believe that. Bearing in mind the tv-links.co.uk was the UK’s shining star startup, coming in above The Pirate Bay on Alexa at position 182! The only other UK startup to have made the Alexa top 200 is bebo.

    The UK tech industry should be ashamed of itself. If this was a site anywhere else the tech industry would have plastered this news all over the front pages on most news and blog sites.

    Lets face it, tv-links.co.uk was the UK startup industry’s best star, position 182 in Alexa ranks, other than Bebo what UK startup has managed that?

    The UK tech industry should be supporting tv-links.co.uk 100%, whether they are doing something illegal or not. They has not been found guilty YET. However, if the UK tech industry does not rally support for these types of cases like they do in other countries, we will is the UK’s ability to compete in the Internet landscape slowly being eroded away. This could be a landmark case and any person in the UK industry should be supporting and watching the proceedings.

    There should be fair and proportional representation, tv-links.co.uk should have the best possible legal support in this issue, not to necessarily get them off the hook, but more importantly to ensure that legal precedents pushed through under the industry’s nose. Any legal UK precedents that are set in the Internet sphere should be of interest to all of the UK IT industry.

    Unfortunately, there is not a great deal of substantial , validated details surrounding this case, so the picture of what is actually happening in not totally clear. I have emailled FACT but as of yet have heard nothing back yet.

    What is needed is this case is the UK industry to support tv-links.co.uk and ensure that any that legal action that is undertaken is done so fairly and legal precedent is not set that may come back to bite the UK industry in the future.

    It is hard to see how UK enterpreneurs will be able to compete in the Internet landscape if the playing field is not level. Perhaps FACT has not carried out similar operations on Google’s UK operation or youtube as they would have an extensive legal battle on their hands, with almost unlimited resources fighting it.

    • I think that it is great that we are supporting the owner of tv-links. It was a great site to find everything that you cant get here, in the states. I think it is disgusting what they are doing to him. the site will be greatly missed. I also think that there was no malicious intent behind the website. I think that anybody who used the site, only did so as a suppliment to there regular cable. I cant imagine any on the cable networks losing any money because of this website. The networks need to get the picture, and start offering a better ( and legal) way of watching all of the shows that they offer. I believe that if they were to appeal to the online market, their demographics would start to recover. they need to realize that we should be in control, and if it werent for us, they would not have a network anymore.

  24. I didn't use TV-Links, there are plenty of other search sites, but like John (above), I download programs because I'm not prepared to wait 4 months, over a year or two or forever because SAustralian TV Channels won't show programs on a decent schedule. There have been many instances when TV stations in Australia just decide not to show a series completely, or break it at the wromng places (Veronica Mars for instance had a "Series Finale" that was two complete episodes before the actual finale episode of one season.

    Some of the Channels in Australia have at last seen the light, and are beginning to stream the programs from overseas so they are available quickly. As such, I won't bother downloading any program that is shown in reasonable time. Conflicting programs can always be recorded. My guess is that the Channels started looking at what programs are the most popular for downloads, and realised that they could get ratings if they were smart about it.

    House is a classic example. Hugely popular download, so they bit the bullet.

    I stil reserve the right to download a program that was free to air if the channels in Australia break up the schedule, and screw around.

    If the program is good, I end up buying the DVD series set anyway, so who loses out?

  25. I didn’t use TV-Links, there are plenty of other search sites, but like John (above), I download programs because I’m not prepared to wait 4 months, over a year or two or forever because SAustralian TV Channels won’t show programs on a decent schedule. There have been many instances when TV stations in Australia just decide not to show a series completely, or break it at the wromng places (Veronica Mars for instance had a “Series Finale” that was two complete episodes before the actual finale episode of one season.

    Some of the Channels in Australia have at last seen the light, and are beginning to stream the programs from overseas so they are available quickly. As such, I won’t bother downloading any program that is shown in reasonable time. Conflicting programs can always be recorded. My guess is that the Channels started looking at what programs are the most popular for downloads, and realised that they could get ratings if they were smart about it.

    House is a classic example. Hugely popular download, so they bit the bullet.

    I stil reserve the right to download a program that was free to air if the channels in Australia break up the schedule, and screw around.

    If the program is good, I end up buying the DVD series set anyway, so who loses out?

  26. I didn’t use TV-Links, there are plenty of other search sites, but like John (above), I download programs because I’m not prepared to wait 4 months, over a year or two or forever because SAustralian TV Channels won’t show programs on a decent schedule. There have been many instances when TV stations in Australia just decide not to show a series completely, or break it at the wromng places (Veronica Mars for instance had a “Series Finale” that was two complete episodes before the actual finale episode of one season.

    Some of the Channels in Australia have at last seen the light, and are beginning to stream the programs from overseas so they are available quickly. As such, I won’t bother downloading any program that is shown in reasonable time. Conflicting programs can always be recorded. My guess is that the Channels started looking at what programs are the most popular for downloads, and realised that they could get ratings if they were smart about it.

    House is a classic example. Hugely popular download, so they bit the bullet.

    I stil reserve the right to download a program that was free to air if the channels in Australia break up the schedule, and screw around.

    If the program is good, I end up buying the DVD series set anyway, so who loses out?

  27. TV-links had links to movies I can't find in rental places and shows that no longer air. And, there is no way in HELL I would pay for a dvd set of an old show just because it no longer airs, because they are simply too expensive to be worth it.

    The thing is, I don't find my computer time (surfing on the internet, watching youtube or in the past tv-links) to be interchangeable with my tv time (sitting in front of the boob tube). They aren't losing revenue from the typical person who watches TV links, and there was even a particular cartoon that I watched some old episodes of and decided to buy a season's dvd set for, more as a collectors item than anything else (I mean, who really needs to own a dvd set for any show? you watch them once, and thats typically it).

    But this angers me very much. So, I am declaring a Jihad on all media (up till now, I had just waged Holy War against the record industry). THIS IS A CALL TO ARMS. WE WANT INSTANT GRATIFICATION, AND WE WANT IT NOW (somewhat redundant). So here's what to do, soldiers:

    1) Don't waste money on ti-vo, just record shows directly to your computers hard drive.

    2) Perhaps come together and build a site, perhaps called television-chains.co.uk or something of that ilk.

    3) Set up a perimeter of defenses around your house, Scarface security cameras, semi-auto toting flunkies.

    4) Hardwire your server with plastic explosives. The Man will eventually bust you, but go down shooting him the bird.

    And one more thing, to random unnamed guy who ran TV-LINKS, your my fuckin hero man. And, if you get shanked in the big house by a sharpened rolled up newspaper/toothbrush that was dipped in feces and HIV infected blood, and you are reading this on your deathbed, just know that you will be avenged, and that you didn't die a victim, you died a god damned martyr!

    Heads bowed, glasses raised.

  28. TV-links had links to movies I can’t find in rental places and shows that no longer air. And, there is no way in HELL I would pay for a dvd set of an old show just because it no longer airs, because they are simply too expensive to be worth it.

    The thing is, I don’t find my computer time (surfing on the internet, watching youtube or in the past tv-links) to be interchangeable with my tv time (sitting in front of the boob tube). They aren’t losing revenue from the typical person who watches TV links, and there was even a particular cartoon that I watched some old episodes of and decided to buy a season’s dvd set for, more as a collectors item than anything else (I mean, who really needs to own a dvd set for any show? you watch them once, and thats typically it).

    But this angers me very much. So, I am declaring a Jihad on all media (up till now, I had just waged Holy War against the record industry). THIS IS A CALL TO ARMS. WE WANT INSTANT GRATIFICATION, AND WE WANT IT NOW (somewhat redundant). So here’s what to do, soldiers:
    1) Don’t waste money on ti-vo, just record shows directly to your computers hard drive.
    2) Perhaps come together and build a site, perhaps called television-chains.co.uk or something of that ilk.
    3) Set up a perimeter of defenses around your house, Scarface security cameras, semi-auto toting flunkies.
    4) Hardwire your server with plastic explosives. The Man will eventually bust you, but go down shooting him the bird.

    And one more thing, to random unnamed guy who ran TV-LINKS, your my fuckin hero man. And, if you get shanked in the big house by a sharpened rolled up newspaper/toothbrush that was dipped in feces and HIV infected blood, and you are reading this on your deathbed, just know that you will be avenged, and that you didn’t die a victim, you died a god damned martyr!

    Heads bowed, glasses raised.

  29. This is going to be a landmark case. FACT have picked on the smallest fish in the sea and may be using this case to push through a precedent. tv-links.co.uk probably do not have access to legal resources which youtube and Google have, thererfore it may be a easy prosecution for FACT.

    Please consider support these guys, we have started a ChipIn to raise funds to assist in their legal defence. This case is about linking, what can you link to and what can’t you. This issue should recieve proportional debate as it affects us all. tv-links.co.uk did not reach 182 in the Alexa charts on their own, they had users and millions of them.

    Perhaps, we could all support them with more than just our blog posts.

    Please consider supporting tv-links.co.uk’s case with more than just our blog posts:

    http://humanopinion.org/support_for_tvlinks

  30. I don't really know what everyone else has said and just don't have the time to read it all, butit is now a sad day. tv-links.co.uk was a one stop shop that I suffer through because I am not in the states anymore. I use the word suffer because most of the links were dead or the quality was really bad. Even so, It's a sad day when you can't suffer through something because some industry fart gets his panties in a bunch. Personally, technology is changing they way a lot of business is done and it looks like the media & music companies should slide over and serve a global purpose like fixing energy and environmental issues. We're going to get charged for it anyway, so they might as well take a step forward in a positive direction and put the same effort forward as building Hollywood.

  31. I don’t really know what everyone else has said and just don’t have the time to read it all, butit is now a sad day. tv-links.co.uk was a one stop shop that I suffer through because I am not in the states anymore. I use the word suffer because most of the links were dead or the quality was really bad. Even so, It’s a sad day when you can’t suffer through something because some industry fart gets his panties in a bunch. Personally, technology is changing they way a lot of business is done and it looks like the media & music companies should slide over and serve a global purpose like fixing energy and environmental issues. We’re going to get charged for it anyway, so they might as well take a step forward in a positive direction and put the same effort forward as building Hollywood.

  32. This is going to be a landmark case. FACT have picked on the smallest fish in the sea and may be using this case to push through a precedent. tv-links.co.uk probably do not have access to legal resources which youtube and Google have, thererfore it may be a easy prosecution for FACT.

    Please consider support these guys, we have started a ChipIn to raise funds to assist in their legal defence. This case is about linking, what can you link to and what can’t you. This issue should recieve proportional debate as it affects us all. tv-links.co.uk did not reach 182 in the Alexa charts on their own, they had users and millions of them.

    Perhaps, we could all support them with more than just our blog posts.

    Please consider supporting tv-links.co.uk’s case with more than just our blog posts:

    http://humanopinion.org/support_for_tvlinks

  33. If I can't watch it for free, I guess I'll have to go pay for it… Actually, no. I won't.

    I'll just not watch it at all.

    Unfortunately, because I did *not* watch it, I also won't be able to tell anyone else how good of a series it was.

    Too bad.

    Honestly, actions like this only fuel me to buy even fewer products.

    I hope organizations such as FACT realize they aren't helping, and are actually hurting true artists and filmmakers.

  34. If I can’t watch it for free, I guess I’ll have to go pay for it… Actually, no. I won’t.
    I’ll just not watch it at all.
    Unfortunately, because I did *not* watch it, I also won’t be able to tell anyone else how good of a series it was.
    Too bad.

    Honestly, actions like this only fuel me to buy even fewer products.
    I hope organizations such as FACT realize they aren’t helping, and are actually hurting true artists and filmmakers.

  35. Like has been said tv links was a good site and only supplied links as such did not supply any content pirate otherwise. the fact is FACT want to establish a precident however I am guessing the owner of tv links will only end up in magistrates court where such a precident cannot be set. (If found guilty and appeals he will go the crown and them precident can be set)

    If I was the one in court I would be asking the prosecution if they are prosecuting the hosts of the content that is aleagedly breaking copyright law you tube and google spring to mind and if no why not.

    If as seems to be the case the police are choosing to prosecute the person directing people to content but not people accually hosting the content it would seem disproportionate.

    If the prosecution claim there is a on going investigation wouldn't it be reasonable to ask for a ajornment until it has been estabsished that copyright law was broken by the sites he linked to in order to help the court decide if by extension providing these links brakes copyright law.

  36. Like has been said tv links was a good site and only supplied links as such did not supply any content pirate otherwise. the fact is FACT want to establish a precident however I am guessing the owner of tv links will only end up in magistrates court where such a precident cannot be set. (If found guilty and appeals he will go the crown and them precident can be set)

    If I was the one in court I would be asking the prosecution if they are prosecuting the hosts of the content that is aleagedly breaking copyright law you tube and google spring to mind and if no why not.

    If as seems to be the case the police are choosing to prosecute the person directing people to content but not people accually hosting the content it would seem disproportionate.

    If the prosecution claim there is a on going investigation wouldn’t it be reasonable to ask for a ajornment until it has been estabsished that copyright law was broken by the sites he linked to in order to help the court decide if by extension providing these links brakes copyright law.

  37. @WTF …"then we are all fucked"

    When a corporation throws it's full resources against young individuals, chances are, innocent or guilty, they will indeed be screwed. The Legal System is supposed to be fair, but when 1 side has millions, if not billions, to throw at a case and the defendant only has some pro bono court appointed stiff, do you honestly think justice will be served?

    TV-Links will be missed.

  38. @WTF …”then we are all fucked”

    When a corporation throws it’s full resources against young individuals, chances are, innocent or guilty, they will indeed be screwed. The Legal System is supposed to be fair, but when 1 side has millions, if not billions, to throw at a case and the defendant only has some pro bono court appointed stiff, do you honestly think justice will be served?

    TV-Links will be missed.

  39. tv-links was a retard site, with an idiotic video player, stupid layout, incosistent naming, etc, but I used it every day many times. :) They had the biggest selection.

  40. tv-links was a retard site, with an idiotic video player, stupid layout, incosistent naming, etc, but I used it every day many times. :) They had the biggest selection.

  41. I understand why companies would want it shut down, but to arrest the guy, is insane, and since they are just linking, despite it promoting copyright infringing, it shouldn't be illegal, since that would be a violation of freedom of speech. Freedom of speech should mean that anyone has the right to tell where you can get even illegal stuff. If people choose to go there and get it, it's their own responsibility, and therefore linking shouldn't be illegal.

  42. I understand why companies would want it shut down, but to arrest the guy, is insane, and since they are just linking, despite it promoting copyright infringing, it shouldn’t be illegal, since that would be a violation of freedom of speech. Freedom of speech should mean that anyone has the right to tell where you can get even illegal stuff. If people choose to go there and get it, it’s their own responsibility, and therefore linking shouldn’t be illegal.

  43. It's a shame that tv-links had to be taken down and the owner arrested. I'm sure the guy wasn't even bad, compared to those others on the net who hack and steal peoples info. I can't believe there charging some guy who was just pleasing other people and not making profit is being threatened with court action.

    It just shows how strong the media giants are growing, it's slightly scary how far into our own lives they may be able to grope their way into in the no so distant future.

  44. It’s a shame that tv-links had to be taken down and the owner arrested. I’m sure the guy wasn’t even bad, compared to those others on the net who hack and steal peoples info. I can’t believe there charging some guy who was just pleasing other people and not making profit is being threatened with court action.

    It just shows how strong the media giants are growing, it’s slightly scary how far into our own lives they may be able to grope their way into in the no so distant future.

  45. I must admit, when I first found out about tv-links i was a little apprehensive, and surprised that it was allowed after all the news on illegal downloading. The most annoying thing is that I only found out about it recently and therefore only got to use it a couple of times!

    You can imagine how dissapointed I was when I tried to use it again and it had gone, but i do suppose it is better this way to stop tv production companies losing out on profits.

  46. I must admit, when I first found out about tv-links i was a little apprehensive, and surprised that it was allowed after all the news on illegal downloading. The most annoying thing is that I only found out about it recently and therefore only got to use it a couple of times!

    You can imagine how dissapointed I was when I tried to use it again and it had gone, but i do suppose it is better this way to stop tv production companies losing out on profits.

  47. I watch TV for free all the time and sometimes I miss a show that I like. I'm not willing to wait up to a year for it to repeat or go and buy it when it comes out on DVD. If I also wanted to watch old shows that haven't aired for years or isn't popular enough to get prime time I could still enjoy them. Truthfully I am not willing to pay for watching TV programs I enjoy already. If TV companies really want to stop this stuff then they will just have to create their own site in conjunction their cable plans. So if I do miss a show I like I can keep my patronage and watch it on their site.

    Now in terms of TV-links I respect and appreciate him. He gave me a service that was exactly what I needed. He wasn't making money or hurting anyone, he was just providing a much needed service. Also it's not like he was taking away from other TV companies because he was providing a service which they don't. Plus what I watched on his site I couldn't find on any where else. Basically the service he was providing wasn't doing any harm and quite the opposite, it was a service that I couldn't find any where else. If any thing, this guy who spent his free time helping people enjoy long lost programs, deserves a good hand shake and for me to buy him a beer not to be arrested. The TV companies are punishing him for the thing that they are just too lazy to do them selves.

  48. I watch TV for free all the time and sometimes I miss a show that I like. I’m not willing to wait up to a year for it to repeat or go and buy it when it comes out on DVD. If I also wanted to watch old shows that haven’t aired for years or isn’t popular enough to get prime time I could still enjoy them. Truthfully I am not willing to pay for watching TV programs I enjoy already. If TV companies really want to stop this stuff then they will just have to create their own site in conjunction their cable plans. So if I do miss a show I like I can keep my patronage and watch it on their site.
    Now in terms of TV-links I respect and appreciate him. He gave me a service that was exactly what I needed. He wasn’t making money or hurting anyone, he was just providing a much needed service. Also it’s not like he was taking away from other TV companies because he was providing a service which they don’t. Plus what I watched on his site I couldn’t find on any where else. Basically the service he was providing wasn’t doing any harm and quite the opposite, it was a service that I couldn’t find any where else. If any thing, this guy who spent his free time helping people enjoy long lost programs, deserves a good hand shake and for me to buy him a beer not to be arrested. The TV companies are punishing him for the thing that they are just too lazy to do them selves.

  49. I will greatly miss tv links. It offered me the only chance to watch tv shows aired in the us and abroad.

    I live in an area with very poor tv reception, I work full time and I am a full time student. The internet

    was only way I could watch a tv show (usually after midnight).

    This "legal" action was not a surprise since the tv world really doesn't want us to watch the shows, only the commercials.

  50. I will greatly miss tv links. It offered me the only chance to watch tv shows aired in the us and abroad.
    I live in an area with very poor tv reception, I work full time and I am a full time student. The internet
    was only way I could watch a tv show (usually after midnight).
    This “legal” action was not a surprise since the tv world really doesn’t want us to watch the shows, only the commercials.

  51. Please check out this site I have made:
    http://www.save-tv-links.co.uk

    The idea behind the site is to create a publicly accessible resource of accurate information on the tv-links case and create a discussion forum around it. It also exists to offer what ever support is possible to give to the innocent.

    Anyone who can contribute or has any ideas that would make this site more functional please get in touch; the aim is too get as much information in one place as possible.

    Elton1

  52. Please check out this site I have made:
    http://www.save-tv-links.co.uk

    The idea behind the site is to create a publicly accessible resource of accurate information on the tv-links case and create a discussion forum around it. It also exists to offer what ever support is possible to give to the innocent.

    Anyone who can contribute or has any ideas that would make this site more functional please get in touch; the aim is too get as much information in one place as possible.

    Elton1

  53. I personally think the 26 year old man(why does no one know his name?!) should have all charges dropped, but its clear they are trying to make an example of him. The future for video really lies in HD in my opinion, i mean theres no way in hell im downloading a 25gb video then taking the time to burn it onto a disc. People will always have free access to movies and audio, but this will not kill the movie and audio business as they still have extra feature dvds, merchandise, concerts and movie theatres(come on, who doesn't want to watch their favourite movie on a huge screen?).

    As for access to all video and audio for a price, i would probably pay anywhere from 50-200$ a month. The actual idea of being able to watch any video you can think of within seconds at high quality is unthinkable and virtually impossible. Even if every major movie company and video hosting websites in the world banded together i think the search time would be horrific lol.

  54. I personally think the 26 year old man(why does no one know his name?!) should have all charges dropped, but its clear they are trying to make an example of him. The future for video really lies in HD in my opinion, i mean theres no way in hell im downloading a 25gb video then taking the time to burn it onto a disc. People will always have free access to movies and audio, but this will not kill the movie and audio business as they still have extra feature dvds, merchandise, concerts and movie theatres(come on, who doesn’t want to watch their favourite movie on a huge screen?).

    As for access to all video and audio for a price, i would probably pay anywhere from 50-200$ a month. The actual idea of being able to watch any video you can think of within seconds at high quality is unthinkable and virtually impossible. Even if every major movie company and video hosting websites in the world banded together i think the search time would be horrific lol.

  55. Im actually a film student right now and I loved TVLinks.

    Of corse people always ask me why I watch stuff online even though its costing my industry millions. What they dont understand is tvlinks and the likes does more good than bad. It helps me scan tv shows and see if I like them, other wise I wont waste the time to watch them on tv. Its really the industry's own fault that they are losing all this money to illegal downloading. They make shows that most people can watch for free on tv anyways"unless its on cable" The only drawback is there is comercials and you cant watch them when you want. Its stupid really, they could show the same shows online for free with commercials just like on tv and most people would watch it that way because #1 its free #2 its reliable #3 its legal. Most people dont like downloading ilegal stuff, but they are forced to. LONG LIVE FREE MEDIA! LET A MILLION SITES TAKE THE PLACE OF TV-LINKS! AND IF THE MAJOR NETWORKS ARE READING. GET A CLUE AND WORK THIS PROBLEM OUT, NOBODY LIKES IT THE WAY IT IS RIGHT NOW. AND SURE AS HELL NOBODY WANTS TO PAY FOR IT. AS LONG AS IT COST THE CONSUMER MONEY THEY WILL TEND TO TRY AND GET IT FOR FREE.

  56. Im actually a film student right now and I loved TVLinks.
    Of corse people always ask me why I watch stuff online even though its costing my industry millions. What they dont understand is tvlinks and the likes does more good than bad. It helps me scan tv shows and see if I like them, other wise I wont waste the time to watch them on tv. Its really the industry’s own fault that they are losing all this money to illegal downloading. They make shows that most people can watch for free on tv anyways”unless its on cable” The only drawback is there is comercials and you cant watch them when you want. Its stupid really, they could show the same shows online for free with commercials just like on tv and most people would watch it that way because #1 its free #2 its reliable #3 its legal. Most people dont like downloading ilegal stuff, but they are forced to. LONG LIVE FREE MEDIA! LET A MILLION SITES TAKE THE PLACE OF TV-LINKS! AND IF THE MAJOR NETWORKS ARE READING. GET A CLUE AND WORK THIS PROBLEM OUT, NOBODY LIKES IT THE WAY IT IS RIGHT NOW. AND SURE AS HELL NOBODY WANTS TO PAY FOR IT. AS LONG AS IT COST THE CONSUMER MONEY THEY WILL TEND TO TRY AND GET IT FOR FREE.

  57. This is a clear example of big media corporations being tied to old revenue models, and being unwilling to let them go. Because television gets the bulk of its money from advertising, they are slaved to, well, advertising. It is extremely difficult for hem to move to a tv-links type of model (where they could charge small fees) because they haven't figured out how to incorporate the advertising. They are reluctant to show programs (even on-demand for a small fee) because of, you said it, advertising.

    For example, I watched the Bionic woman over the weekend on the NBC website and it was painful (beyond the show itself) because of the way the advertising was "incorporated" into the show. The commercials would just start running, cutting off or pausing scenes in a random sort of way. You couldn't control them at all, which made the flow of the show jerky and disconcerting.

    The problem is that most viewers hate commercials, but the NBC, CBS, Fox, et al are tied inextricably to them. They should take a page from cable television. If I had to pay a couple of cents to watch commercial free television, I certainly would.

    Too bad about tv-links; it totally rocked!!!!

  58. This is a clear example of big media corporations being tied to old revenue models, and being unwilling to let them go. Because television gets the bulk of its money from advertising, they are slaved to, well, advertising. It is extremely difficult for hem to move to a tv-links type of model (where they could charge small fees) because they haven’t figured out how to incorporate the advertising. They are reluctant to show programs (even on-demand for a small fee) because of, you said it, advertising.

    For example, I watched the Bionic woman over the weekend on the NBC website and it was painful (beyond the show itself) because of the way the advertising was “incorporated” into the show. The commercials would just start running, cutting off or pausing scenes in a random sort of way. You couldn’t control them at all, which made the flow of the show jerky and disconcerting.

    The problem is that most viewers hate commercials, but the NBC, CBS, Fox, et al are tied inextricably to them. They should take a page from cable television. If I had to pay a couple of cents to watch commercial free television, I certainly would.

    Too bad about tv-links; it totally rocked!!!!

  59. Why not try it from a different route:

    Advertisers host shows themselves or link to broadcast networks (and particular shows) with affiliate ID's. You watch the show in entirety without any interruption in a windowed/framed/logo'd screen (whatever) with no interruption…?

  60. Why not try it from a different route:

    Advertisers host shows themselves or link to broadcast networks (and particular shows) with affiliate ID’s. You watch the show in entirety without any interruption in a windowed/framed/logo’d screen (whatever) with no interruption…?

  61. Poor guy, TV Links was awesome. While some of it wasn't entirely legal, a lot of the stuff on there was fine. Such as unliscensed animes. While the big boys with badges think they've got the guy, they only created a bigger problem. Now without this 1 major site, I've found about 5 more sites that are becoming as big as that. What they're doing is just like Hercules and the Hydra, they cut off 1 head, 2 more come, and etc. I feel for that guy and thank him for his time with that site though, it was good while it lasted.

  62. In my opinion , shutting down tvlinks doesnt do crap , everythings still out there , and beeing watched , only not thru tvlink.

    I personally think that , only people with no time or MONEY are watching anything linked on tvlinks , taking me as an example.I always go and watch the films I think theyr worth watching in the cinema , as for the tv programs … I have to work 12 hours a day so how the fk am I supposed to watch the programs I like at 1pm ?

  63. In my opinion , shutting down tvlinks doesnt do crap , everythings still out there , and beeing watched , only not thru tvlink.
    I personally think that , only people with no time or MONEY are watching anything linked on tvlinks , taking me as an example.I always go and watch the films I think theyr worth watching in the cinema , as for the tv programs … I have to work 12 hours a day so how the fk am I supposed to watch the programs I like at 1pm ?

  64. Poor guy, TV Links was awesome. While some of it wasn’t entirely legal, a lot of the stuff on there was fine. Such as unliscensed animes. While the big boys with badges think they’ve got the guy, they only created a bigger problem. Now without this 1 major site, I’ve found about 5 more sites that are becoming as big as that. What they’re doing is just like Hercules and the Hydra, they cut off 1 head, 2 more come, and etc. I feel for that guy and thank him for his time with that site though, it was good while it lasted.

  65. I think the hardest thing for any institution is growth, a lot of jobs and lives hang in the balance, especially something as huge as the entertainment industry. I believe in the free flow of information, but i try to buy dvds. More than movies being available shows should be, no reason not to. but of course we can only watch so good a quality on our computers, as HDTVs pick up the industry may pull out unreformed. Let’s hope not.

  66. Like the article mentioned people DO want all the media at their dispossal and will pretty much not care where or who it comes from. I loved tv links and have used it since it came out, it was soo convenient, to watch all my tvshows whenever i wanted at the pace I wanted. Its insane the things companies are willing to do these day to make some money, dont they realize not all of us can afford buying the 200$ worth season of friends just to get a fix of our favorite show.
    Personally i think these people should be focusing on the real criminals who are out there hacking everyones computer and stealing identities as well as teh sick child luring sickos.
    It doesnt matter I already found my new site, not as good or with as many links but still convenient

  67. I think the hardest thing for any institution is growth, a lot of jobs and lives hang in the balance, especially something as huge as the entertainment industry. I believe in the free flow of information, but i try to buy dvds. More than movies being available shows should be, no reason not to. but of course we can only watch so good a quality on our computers, as HDTVs pick up the industry may pull out unreformed. Let's hope not.

  68. Like the article mentioned people DO want all the media at their dispossal and will pretty much not care where or who it comes from. I loved tv links and have used it since it came out, it was soo convenient, to watch all my tvshows whenever i wanted at the pace I wanted. Its insane the things companies are willing to do these day to make some money, dont they realize not all of us can afford buying the 200$ worth season of friends just to get a fix of our favorite show.

    Personally i think these people should be focusing on the real criminals who are out there hacking everyones computer and stealing identities as well as teh sick child luring sickos.

    It doesnt matter I already found my new site, not as good or with as many links but still convenient

  69. i totally dont think that its right!!! ;_; im soo sad that it got dsicontinued. personally i used to watch tv links and it was awsome… idk but i think its like totally okay that the site is stopped if it’s illegal but i dont think that the owner should get arrested. it’s not like he was the one putting the videos up there. well i just found out about this so like today and i wish i found out sooner but i hope he gets out well unless he already got out then yay… yell yeah… well…

    bye ^^

  70. i totally dont think that its right!!! ;_; im soo sad that it got dsicontinued. personally i used to watch tv links and it was awsome… idk but i think its like totally okay that the site is stopped if it's illegal but i dont think that the owner should get arrested. it's not like he was the one putting the videos up there. well i just found out about this so like today and i wish i found out sooner but i hope he gets out well unless he already got out then yay… yell yeah… well…

    bye ^^

  71. thats total crap he did nothing wrong half of the stuff on tvlink was mostly stuff thats been viewed already and out on dvd..and plus the new movies in theaters they werent always in the best quality to view ..so if i wanted to see a good movie id go to the theatre and if not then id view it on his site .have u seen all the crap they put on you tube and yahoo its like i dont see anyone getting arrested and shutting those websites down and they should if this guy got arrested especially since he wasnt the actual person doing anything but transfering files to the website. the police in the uk should actually go after the people who make the links and not who transfer them. cuz someone else will find a way to put them up and the guy making them is still going to make them..i swear cops across the the universe are stupid every where..its like you think its maybe only in your country ..but know..they all think alike..dumbasses

  72. thats total crap he did nothing wrong half of the stuff on tvlink was mostly stuff thats been viewed already and out on dvd..and plus the new movies in theaters they werent always in the best quality to view ..so if i wanted to see a good movie id go to the theatre and if not then id view it on his site .have u seen all the crap they put on you tube and yahoo its like i dont see anyone getting arrested and shutting those websites down and they should if this guy got arrested especially since he wasnt the actual person doing anything but transfering files to the website. the police in the uk should actually go after the people who make the links and not who transfer them. cuz someone else will find a way to put them up and the guy making them is still going to make them..i swear cops across the the universe are stupid every where..its like you think its maybe only in your country ..but know..they all think alike..dumbasses