MasterCard will cut off piracy websites

MasterCard will cut off piracy websites
MasterCard has said it will cease processing payments to websites that offer illegal copies of movies, music and other content for download.

The credit card company supports the proposed Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, which authorizes the Department of Justice (DoJ) to shut down domain names of U.S.-based websites that are offering pirated content.



As for websites located overseas, the bill grants the DoJ the power to force ISPs, payment processors like MasterCard or online advertising networks from doing business with them.

"MasterCard in particular deserves credit for its proactive approach to addressing rogue Web sites that dupe consumers," Mitch Glazier, Recording Industry Association of America exec, told CNET. "They have reached out to us and others in the entertainment community to forge what we think will be a productive and effective partnership."

Hollywood has been shifting away from targeting individual file sharers with lawsuits as a means to tackle Internet piracy and more toward targeting the sources of income that keep websites going. Some sites charge fees for use of the service (or for premium use), while others rely on advertisements.

Earlier this month, Google said it would do more to make sure that piracy websites are kept off of its Adsense platform. The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), whose members account for more than 86 percent of U.S. advertising online, also said it will work with entertainment companies to cut off piracy websites.

Written by: James Delahunty @ 17 Dec 2010 22:54
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  • 12 comments
  • ROMaster2

    I'm going to the bank tomorrow to look for cards other than MasterCard.

    17.12.2010 23:17 #1

  • KillerBug

    PC - $650
    High speed internet - $65/month
    Swedish VPN - $12/month
    Watching the latest movies before they hit the theaters - Priceless.

    Some things mastercard can't buy, for these things and everything else, there is Vista.

    18.12.2010 01:54 #2

  • elbald90

    Originally posted by KillerBug: PC - $650
    High speed internet - $65/month
    Swedish VPN - $12/month
    Watching the latest movies before they hit the theaters - Priceless.

    Some things mastercard can't buy, for these things and everything else, there is Vista.
    the problem is visa will probably be next

    18.12.2010 02:14 #3

  • shortybob

    My favorite part was when they said that anyone pays for pirated content. Always good to get a good laugh in at least once a day

    18.12.2010 03:31 #4

  • xboxdvl2

    If you own a mastercard or any type of bank/purchase card you should be able to buy anything you can afford with it regardless or if its legal or not.websites are fussy you cant go on a site like ebay and say i want this item i will send you the cash and you send me the item its all done electronically which sux.

    PS2 with 12 games.
    pc-windows 7,intel core quad Q8400,4 Gb ddr2,WD 500 GB hdd,ATI Radeon HD 4550 graphics,AOC 22inch LCD moniter.

    18.12.2010 04:17 #5

  • KillerBug

    It isn't even a purchase...it is a donation.

    "As for websites located overseas, the bill grants the DoJ the power to force ISPs, payment processors like MasterCard or online advertising networks from doing business with them."

    That is a little scary...the DoJ now has the power to control the actions of the banks, even their overseas operations? We all know this is useless for illegal websites...but it could be useful for fighting innocent websites like wikileaks.

    18.12.2010 05:41 #6

  • Tristan_2

    This...is so not cool

    18.12.2010 07:53 #7

  • 21Q

    Wait a minute.. People pay for pirated material? Really? They aren't really "pirates" per say then. Just stupid people aha

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    18.12.2010 11:10 #8

  • Zealousi

    Gotta Love Paypal :P

    20.12.2010 02:21 #9

  • dEwMe

    Originally posted by Zealousi: Gotta Love Paypal :P Yeah that's what I was thinking but spose they'd be getting pressured soon too...

    Just my $0.02,

    dEwMe

    20.12.2010 13:09 #10

  • Zealousi

    Originally posted by dEwMe: Originally posted by Zealousi: Gotta Love Paypal :P Yeah that's what I was thinking but spose they'd be getting pressured soon too...
    Every major internet company as some kind of preasure, but really when you look deep into the internet. It is just like the real world, Currupt as.

    Yes paypal supports ebay and other legal transactions but Paypal also supports just about 95% of piracy sites taking "Donations" to keep server running. With Google and Ebay being a Corner stone of their market so is small private sites using their services to find their operations.

    For some company's to apply this restriction to their service means a big pay cut to their revenue like like refusing any customer there is going to be losses.

    Mastercard is making a stand but i see they will loose support in the long run for not supporting the customers in secure needs across the internet. Either way if one service does not accept it another one will and they will take their clients.

    Please don't change Paypal, we like your service :P

    21.12.2010 01:13 #11

  • pudly1

    Paypal sucks! They cut off payments to Wikileaks and I shut off my paypal account soon after.
    Paypal? More like Payscumbags!

    28.12.2010 13:16 #12

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